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In so much pain! Don't understand MRI RESULTS PLEASE HELP

HigginsHHiggins Posts: 1
edited 12/16/2015 - 2:17 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Here's my recent MRI results. I waiting to see my Neuro next week but these results are freaking me out! Am I over reacting?? Anyone had results like these that can give me some insight?

C2-c3. Disc height and hydration are maintained. No evidence of focal herniated disc central canal stenosis or neural foraminal impingement.
C3-C4 snap left paracentral disc protrusion without significant affect in the central canal or neural foramina
C4-C5 there is a broad based disc bulge with central disc protrusion. there is effacement of the the Al sac without significant central canal stenosis. Neural foramina appear patent but mildly narrowed more so on the right primarily due to uncovertevral joint hyper trophy
C5-C6 broad based disc bulge superimposed by central disc protrusion resulting in effacement of the thwack sac and mild abutment of the cord. No significant central canal stenosis or neural foraminal impingement is seen.
C6-C7 there is a central disc protrusion or small herniation with annular tear. Tiny epidural abnormal signal intensity behind C6 vertebral body, could represent superior migration of herniated disc. No significant central canal stenosis or neural foraminal impingement seen.
C7-T1 minimal disc bulge w/out central canal stenosis or significant neural foraminal impingement.

Spondylosis and degenerative disc disease

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  • What are your symptoms?
    L4/5/S1 scar tissue removal surgery, plus unexpected L4/5 microdiscectomy #2 October 2015
    L4/5 microdiscectomy May 2015
    2-level ADR C4-6 (Mobi-C) February 2015
  • Had my MRI scan read today and found out I have ddd in C4-C6. Discs C5/C6 abut the spinal cord, but there's no evidence of cord compression or cord edema. The majority of days, I have moderate to severe pain traveling down both arms and into the thumbs. Then suddenly, the pain diminishes and I feel almost "normal again" for a very brief time. Curiously, during this whole ordeal, my neck has remained mostly pain free.

    My theory is, because the MRI was performed on a "normal" day for me, it showed different results than it would've were it taken on a "painful" day. Just a thought...
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    edited 12/23/2015 - 5:21 AM
    the MRI images are not going to vary. When there is a spinal problem, its going to show .. The pain level you are in or not at the time of the MRI will not show any differences.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
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  • I had no idea! I don't know if anyone can answer this, but can one experience cervical stenoisis symptoms if one or more discs simply abut the cord?
  • There's some talk online of needing flexed and Extension MRI's, which make a WHOLE lot of sense to me, but no one seems to want to do them. Makes sense if your canal is narrowed, that if you flex your head down, that *then* the cord is compressed. Do you know what L'Hermittes sign is, and if you have it?

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

  • I don't mean to hijack Higgins post..... but I looked up symptoms re: L'Hermittes, and I (thankfully) have no problem bending my head forward. i hope the same holds true for Higgins.....

    I recently received the MRI report from my spine doc. WC ordered an enclosed trailer for the scan, which gave inaccurate results. Not sure if they'll send me for another one, or not....
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