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Thoracic MRI what am I looking at????

azbackpainaazbackpain Posts: 2
edited 08/19/2015 - 6:42 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hi all! New to the forum!

Just got MRI and am wondering what to expect to hear from my surgeon in two weeks to review the results. I have never had surgery or injections but have gone to physical therapy several times (total wast of time and money).

I have had back and leg pain for about 15 years and in the last 5 years or so it has I have had significant leg weakness and actually falling several times weekly due to sudden shooting back/leg pain resulting in temporary total loss of strength in legs. This only lasts for a few seconds but it is quite scary. Getting up from a sitting position in very difficult and I must usually pull or push myself up using my arms. Also, I have constant back/leg/foot pain and burning/tingling in feet.

MRI Says

mild to moderate height loss T3-T4 through T9-T10 and T11-T12, worst at T11-T12
At T11-T12 broad-based disc extrusion and a prominent posterior osteophyte resulting in moderate spinal stenosis with mild cord compression. Hyperintense T2 signal abnormaility within central grey matter of the cord, probable early myelomalacia.

I would love to get some feedback to know what I might hear.



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  • MILD Treated with conservative measures such as Physical Therapy and mild medications. Many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.
    MODERATE Some more treatments may be needed, ie Spinal Injections, Ultra sound and stronger medications. Always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't help
    SEVERE Need for stronger medications. The requirement for surgery may be necessary

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