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ffeeneyfffeeney Posts: 1
edited 09/10/2015 - 10:13 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Had a MRI....doc isnt responding with anything...thought I would ask here:
The cranial cervical junction is preserved. Extensive cervical spine surgical changes are again noted from C4-C7. This
appears similar when compared to the previous examination.
Mild posterior disc bulging at C2-C3 is seen producing thecal sac flattening cord compression. The AP diameter of the
spinal canal remains preserved at 13 mm.
At C3-C4, posterior disc osteophyte complex formation is again seen producing thecal sac and the anterior cord
flattening. On today's study, the AP diameter of the spinal canal is 8.4 mm which is slightly decreased when compared to
the prior study.
Uncovertebral joint hypertrophy is again seen bilaterally at this level producing bilateral exiting foraminal stenosis.
At the C4-C5 surgical level, there continues to be posterior spurring. Thecal sac flattening is noted. The AP diameter of
the spinal canal measures 9.5 mm which is similar when compared to the prior study. Foraminal narrowing on the left is
At the C5-C6 level, there continues to be a posterior bony spur on the left indenting the thecal sac and producing left
foraminal narrowing. This was noted to be present on the prior study and appears similar.
The C6-C7 fuse level again shows a focal bony spur in the lateral recess on the right indenting the thecal sac and producing
mild lateral recess and foraminal narrowing. Cervical cord is not compressed. The AP diameter of the spinal canal is 11.5
The C7-T1 level now shows 3 mm of anterolisthesis associated with posterior disc osteophyte complex. Ligamentum flavum
redundancy is also seen. This produces narrowing of the canal to 7.5 mm. Bilateral foraminal narrowing is also seen
related to uncovertebral joint hypertrophy.

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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

Liz -Spine-health Moderator


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Welcome to Spine-Health

    It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

    Here are some questions that you should answer:

    • - When did this first start?
      - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
      - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
      - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
      - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
      - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
      - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
      - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
      - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

    Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
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    What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
    You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

    It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are
    I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

    Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

    Specific comments :

    Personal Opinion, not medical advice :


    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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