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patmackfinppatmackfin Posts: 1
edited 06/01/2015 - 10:02 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a microdiscectomy in Oct 2012.I felt a lot better straight after surgery,my leg pain was gone.I continued to heal for about 5 months.After that I was never able to sleep on my back again without waking in severe pain.I wasn't even able to lie on my back long enough for a facial before the pain was killing me.
I've been having all kinds of health problems since that and finally was diagnosed with B12 deficient Pernicious Anemia in february 2015.I'm now on monthly injections ,which are making a big difference,so I explain away all my aches and pains now as being related to the b12,or lack of.
my MRI before the surgery reads:

"Mild prolapse seen in the cervical region at c4-c5, Indenting the thecal sac,but neither reaching or compressing the cord.
The thoracic region is normal.
high signal seen in the center of the cord is due to widening of the central canal ,and is not a syrinx.(WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?)
In the lumbar region there are degenerate discs at both L5-S1 and L4-L5.The disc at L5S1 is significant,and indents the right side of the spinal canal and thecal sac causing significant compression to the right nerve root (THIS WAS WHERE THE MICRODISCECTOMY WAS PERFORMED)
The disc at L4-L5 is degenerate focally in the center(WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?) neither compresses the thecal sac to any significant degree nor adjacent nerve roots."

I have a couple of questions ...
Is it OK/normal to have widening of the central canal?
"the disc id degenerate focally in the center"Is that OK/normal?
I am worried that my back problems on the MRI above are related to my b12 issues and that I might have or have had Spinal Myelopathy (which is treated with b12 shots). Is there anyone out there that knows if the findings on the MRI above suggest so.
I really appreciate any feedback,

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  • give you information on your MRI or other diagnostic reports. You need to discuss those results with a qualified medical doctor who can answer your questions with the right answers.
    When do you return to see the doctor who ordered the MRI?

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