I have been suffering with pain in neck shoulder down arm/with pins and needles in both hands and weekness in arm,
I have went through 8 weeks of physicall therapy, 25 visits,10 chiro visits the pain has increased since it first started 10 weeks ago,this past thursday sept 4th had a epidural still pain is severe, have a app at nero surgeon on monday 15th, was scheuled for oct 1st but called and begged for a earlier appt....okay heres my question what does mass effect on cord mean? this is what mri says
RESULTS OF MRI:
C3/4: THERE IS A BILATERAL DISC BULDGE WITH SLIGHT NARROWING OF THE RIGHT NEURAL FORAMEN.
C4/5:MINMINAL DIFFUSE DISC BULDGE WITH SLIGHT NARROWING OF THE NEURAL FORAMEN.
C/5/C6: RIGHT PARACENTRAL DISC HERNIATION WITH MASS EFFECT ON THE CORD AND MILD SPINAL STENOIS
C6/C7: BROAD BASE DISC HERNIATION WITH MASS EFFECT ON THE CORD AND NARROWING OF THE RIGHT NEURAL FORAMEN.
MODERATE END PLATE SCLEROSIS AND SPONDYLOSIS @C6/C7
LEVEL IS EVIDENT.
I'AM ON VICODIN 10'S VALLIUM FENTENAL 75 PAIN PATCH AND EXTENSIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY NOW FOR 2 WEEKS AND PAIN IS ONLY RELEVED MODERATELY IN A LYING DOWN POSITION.