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Hello. I am an almost 68 year old woman. I am having weakness in my left arm , severe pain in my neck and shoulder and arm, at times feeling like my arm will fall off. I have a spot on the back of my neck that has no feeling in the skin. My feet are getting numb spots, and there are spots in my legs that cannot feel hot water on them. I have had an EMG test and the neurologist says my nerves are normal. I've had an MRI and my doctor (primary care doctor) says the results are normal. I went and got a copy of the report of the MRI and wonder if anyone can tell me if there is enough of an irregularity here to cause my pain. There has to be something causing it and I'm getting frustrated trying to find out what it is.
The MRI says:
Findings: There are seven cervical segments that align normally. No arthritic burden is seen. The vertebral bodies are normal in height. The disc spaces are normal in height. The marrow spaces are normal. The posterior elements are normal. The cervical cord shows normal signal characteristics and is not displaced. There is no evidence of canal stenosis. The central posterior fossa structures are normal.
The disc spaces although showing minor desiccation changes do show evidence of annulus bulge present at C3-C4, C4-C5, C5-C6 and at C6-C7. These are minor central or paracentral changes and do not extend laterally. There is no level that shows extruded nuclear material and the lateral recesses are normal at all levels except C6-C7 which shows a incidental right-sided, 5 mm nerve root sleeve cyst.
1. There are no acute or worrisome findings on this examination and there is no evidence of foraminal or central canal stenosis. There are minimal changes of multilevel spondylosis seen as minimal central annumlus bulges.
2. There is an incidental 5 mm, right-sided nerve root sleeve seen cyst at C6-C7.
Is there anything here that could cause the symptoms I am having?
Thanks for your help.