In 1999, a MRI of my cervical spine showed C5-6 bulging disc, minimal spinal impingement, osteophyte, and spinal stenosis.
Due to recent increase of pain, tingling/numbness/burning sensation in left shoulder, loss of strength in right arm, etc., a new MRI was completed. The following statements are on the report:
Loss of normal lordosis. C5-6 central disc protrusion with mass effect on the cord. Under impression: Central disc protrusion at C5-6 with cord abutment.
Due to the July 4th holiday, I am having to wait to find out the appointment time with a Neurosurgeon.
In the meantime, I've been on the internet trying to figure out what all this terminology means.
What are the ramifications of mass effect on the cord?
Does cord abutment mean the stability/structure of the spinal cord is in jeopardy?
Anyone with a similar diagnosis?
Thanks in advance for any insight.