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Can anyone tell me what this means on my MRI?

Has anyone had the same thing or close to it?

C4-C5: The disc is moderately narrowed with minimal anterior intervertebral osteophyte formation, minimal bulge, and mild bilateral uncovertebral osteophytic neural foraminal narrowing.

Impression: Mild to Moderate C4-C5 Chronic Degenerative Disc Disease

I don't know what all these big medical words mean. I did find by searching the net that "Osteophyte formation" I do believe is bone spurs. Is that correct?

Really looking for any help, advise, insight, a hello. Hope all a good day and best wishes on getting well.

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Yes, osteophyte is a bone

Yes, osteophyte is a bone spur. Disc degeneration is when the disc dries out.

ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg

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some definitions,

1.Retrolisthesis : backward slippage of one vertebra onto the vertebra immediately below.

2. Anterolisthesis :This is basically another term for spondylolisthesis. Anterolisthesis is a spine condition in which the upper vertebral body, the drum-shaped area in front of each vertebrae, slips forward onto the vertebra below. The amount of slippage is graded on a scale from 1 to 4. Grade 1 is mild (less than 25% slippage), while grade 4 is severe (greater than 75% slippage).The symptoms of anterolisthesis can vary greatly depending if and how much the slippage pinches the nerve roots and what area is affected.

3. Spondylosis ; A degenerative disease of the spinal column, especially one leading to fusion and immobilization of the vertebral bones. degenerative spinal changes due to osteoarthritis.

4. osteophytes ; Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are bony projections that form along joints, and are often seen in conditions such as arthritis. Bone spurs are largely responsible for limitations in joint motion and can cause pain.

5. Lordosis ; An increased inward curving of the lumbar spine

6. Hypertrophic ; A nontumorous enlargement of an organ or a tissue as a result of an increase in the size rather than the number of constituent cells

6. stenosis ; stricture; an abnormal narrowing or contraction of a duct or canal.

7. neural foraminal narrowing: narrowing of the spinal canal.


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And just know that Degenerative Disc Disease is really not a "disease" per say. It just means that there are changes in the discs and this literally happens to everyone starting at the age of 25-30. If you picked a random group of 100 people off the street and did a MRI....you would see DDD in their spine at various levels. Many people have bone spurs or disc changes...

Especially those who smoke as that causes dehydration of the discs.

Now...that doesn't mean that you don't have pain. Pain is subjective and you can have someone with severe herniations but they aren't pressing directly on nerves and they have zero pain or symptoms....And then those that can have severe pain with little to show on their MRI.

Obviously we are not medical professionals....just basing things on our own knowledge with these issues.

May I ask where the actual "report" findings are? These are usually at the very end of the MRI report.

Most Board Certified Neurosurgeons or BC Orthopedic surgeons will not do any type of fusion surgery unless everything else has been tried and there is direct threat of paralysis. And if I'm not mistaken...you have already had a fusion or another surgery at one of the levels? This is where if there is a fusion...it can certainly cause more strain on the above and below levels based on Range Of Motion.

Have they tried to do injections this time around? How about nerve pain medication like Lyrica, Neurontin or Cymbalta....have you tried any of these or on them now?