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MRI After surgery readings

wgreenlee12wwgreenlee12 Posts: 8
edited 07/25/2015 - 2:30 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello to all I'm a new guy.

Navy injury while on board a ship
I have seen a Pain Management Doctor and Neurosurgeon
Started with: PCP, Pain Management
Treatment: Surgery- which the Nuerosurgeon released me knowing that I have burning pain in both arms and before the 90-day Care time-frame, He released me to the Pain/management for injections and I went ahead and have a 2nd opinion lined up with a Orthopedic. This is kind of confusing since the Pain/management doctor explained to me that the only solution is surgery to get rid of the bone spur. She seemed a little baffled that the surgeon would release me and that he thought injections would help since it was bone that was creating the problem.

I was hoping to get some input on a MRI that I had done after the C5-6 AND 6-7 Cervical Fusion on June 11. The problem that required a MRI is that I have had a significant amount of burning pain in both arm's. The surgeon after reading the report had very little to say but did inform me that I have a lot of arthritis and bone spur's. The Department of Veteran Affairs paid for the operation and for that reason alone I would not want another Veteran to go to him if there is a mistake made. Okay enough of my ranting and here me go.

I will just hit on the key point's of the report.

C5-6: Prior cervical fusion. There is a residual right paracentral disc osteophyte with mass effect on the ventral right C6 nerve root.

C6-7: Cervical Fusion. Residual broad-based posterior disc osteophyte asymmetric to the left. There is residual left greater than rightneural foraminal stenosis.

C-7-T1: Asymmetric left-sided uncovertebral joint spurring with mild left neural foraminal stenosis. The right foramen appears clear.

Okay. Just curious of these findings.

By the way at the end of the report it has the section for Impression and it states:

Cervical fusion at C5-6 AND C6-7. Area's of residual stenosis remain. Please see above discussion for details at each cervical level.

I would greatly appreciate any input and thanks.

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