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Really scared because of MRI results

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am a 27 year old male and haven't had any health problems that I know of.. About two weeks ago I began having numbness in the right side of my face and right arm.. Really more of a tingling sensation that complete numbness.

I saw a nurologist the other day and he said my reflexes were brisk.. I had to have a brain mri and c spine mri.. the brain mri came back normal.. but he says i have a abnormality with the c spine mri.. he told me there was a something there.. could be inflammation or could possibly be a tumor.. i have to have a spinal tap next week.

i am really freaking out.. is this very serious? what are some other things it could be besides a tumor.. the doctor is an hour away and told me this over the phone.. he said he wasn't exactly sure... the spinal tap should tell me..


  • You should really get back to the Neurologist and ask him what does he think it is and what is he ruling out what it could be. I hope things turn out well for you and wishing you healing thoughts. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Seriously. Just sitting and worrying for a week would not be a good thing. I know doctors like to keep conversations short and sweet but if he said the word tumor to you I can only imagine the emotions you must have now. Call back and see if you can have a very frank discussion with him about what his thoughts are rather than worrying yourself to death for a week. This message comes from the "Been there. Done that." club. They should NEVER say the word tumor over the phone that should have been done in a face to face meeting because cancer is a scary thing for anyone. And anyone would be full of questions afterward. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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  • Could be inflammation, sounds like he wants to rule out the possibility of meningitis. I had that before and it's not fun. The spinal tap is a piece of cake and will be over with in no time. Just make sure you listen to the instructions they give you in regards to stay lying down for a while afterward.

  • hello there,
    I totally agree on calling the NS's office an asking him/her to elaborate a bit on the last conversation that you all had. That is so scary and I can only imagine what you might feel right now. I think if I were in your shoes I would be totally scared and full of a ton of questions.....
    Start writing all those questions down so you can be ready to ask every one of them...
    In the meantime I will also be praying for you!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348

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    It appears that your doctor was a bit vague with you in terms of the MRI findings. I firmly believe that any doctor once they see something that is serious they will go out of their way to contact their patient and discuss all the details. It seems like your doctor wants to do more diagnostic testing (ie your spinal tap) to further isolate the problem.
    If you are really uneasy with this situation, then by all means go ahead and call your doctor. Basically just tell them that you are really anxious , worried, etc about the MRI findings and you want to know more.

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