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Hi. New here. Looking for info about a diagnosis

Joeker02JJoeker02 Posts: 11
edited 07/12/2015 - 12:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi. I got some results from an MRI, and it didn't sound good at all. Lots of big words I didn't go to college for. I'm scheduled to talk to a surgeon on Tuesday morning. Can anybody here read my notes and tell me what I might be able to expect in terms of treatment for what's going on, and my potential downtime? Also, any questions that might be wise for me to ask the doctor?

"MRI CERVICAL SPINE Impression: At the C4/5 intervertebral disc there is a small broad-based posterocentral and right paracentral disc protrusion as well is associated right-sided uncovertebral joint hypertrophy. This results in narrowing of the right-sided neural foramina and there does appear to be impingement on the ventral root of the right C5 nerve as it enters the neural foramina. At C5/6 intervertebral disc there is a broad-based posterocentral and left paracentral disc protrusion as well as what appears to be some extruded disc material extending up the anterior epidural space to lie posterior to the C5 vertebra to the left of midline. The disc protrusion and extruded disc fragment causes mass effect on the left hemicord as well as the left C5 nerve roots. No definite cord edema is noted in this region. At the C6/7 intervertebral disc there is mild to moderate degenerative disc disease with loss of disc height, minimal circumferential disc osteophyte complex formation and a broad-based posterocentral and right paracentral disc protrusion. This disc protrusion indents the thecal sac and lies in close proximity to the ventral aspect of the adjacent spinal cord without frank cord compression. There may be slight impingement on the ventral root of the right C7 nerve as it enters the neural foramina at this level. At the C7/T1 intervertebral disc there is a moderate to large sized left paracentral and foraminal disc protrusion which causes slight mass effect on the limited left hemicord as well as impinges upon the left C8 nerve roots as they enter the neural foramina and left C8 nerve within the neural foramina. No cord edema is noted at this level."

There is nobody on the forum qualified or permitted to interpret or advise on an MRI this is something you need to discuss with your doctor



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  • Joeker02JJoeker02 Posts: 11
    edited 07/12/2015 - 4:32 AM
    Thanks for the information. I appreciate it. Most of what I am looking for is just opinions on the best questions to ask, so I can be as informed and prepared as possible.
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