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cervical mri question

tomw47ttomw47 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:48 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I every one new to site! Love it!
My question is this-should I or will I likely face surgery due to a 2mm bulge in C5/C6 that's just barely touching the spinal cord? The only reason I even got an mri was because my Dr. got real leery of poking around in my right shoulder again until he could rule out spine issues which of course didn't happen.Still waiting for raf to get to local spine clinic. The last two sentences in the mri report recommended decompression in the neck which I assume can mean many things according to severity of damage right? Then the last sentence said that further study was indicated at the C/7 T/1.
Honestly my pain comes more from my upperback/shoulderblades and even my chest!
I have injury history from 7 yrs old were as I fell of a high slide and somehow I crashed against my upperback and there was a vague indication of vertebral horn damage and thats as far as it went.
I could go on and on but Im just way worried that Im opening pandoras box once I start being diagnosed with this and that. With me it's always more than one thing when body parts get screwed up.
Gotta go but Im reading everything I can on this site.
Once again Im the newby to the site but not to chronic pain!!!
Suffering is inevitable but misery is optional!! Sometimes I've wondered about that??


  • Tom,

    First off, Welcome to Spine Health!!! There is a search box at the top of the page that might help you research any of the terms or words on your reports don't make sense.

    To your question. Before your doctor offers surgery, he/she is going to give you all the testing, and physical exam along with going over in depth what you are experiencing. The MRI alone isn't in most cases the 'decision' maker for surgery. You could take 2 people, or 10 for that matter, MRI their spine. Lets say half come back with huge hernias, but have NO symptoms, the other half their MRI's show tiny protrusions, and small hernia's, but these guys are exhibiting all manner of symptoms.

    I gave that example so you don't "over-read" into it. It is best if you wait and see what your doctor has to say. I've had "recommendations" from the radiologist who read my MRI's, and so far, my doctor reads the films himself, and makes *his* determination based on me, my exams and other tests.

    Also, something else to look at or realize. Sometimes when the hernia's are small, conservative treatment is offered in an effort to allow the best environment for the disk to heal on its own first in many cases. I know it is probably pretty hard, but don't try to put "the cart before the horse", it will drive you nuts...okay? Again, Welcome aboard!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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