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bluebirdbbluebird Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi what a great forum to find!!! I'm hoping someone can give me some information on my MRI. My Drs. apt. is not for another 3 wks. I fell about 3 months ago real hard and have been in extreme pain ever since. I wake up feeling like I can't move about 2-3 times a week. I have constant neck pain with intermitent ringing in the ears of about a 2, shoulder pain mainly on the left side but often all the way across my shoulders, sometimes when I turn my head the wrong way I will get this electrical shock feelin down my left arm to the tips of my fingers, on occasion I will get it in my right arm not that often though, my upper arms will hurt and my left arm will feel weak, with the right arm weak only on occasion. My Dr. says that my left arm is weaker than my right and that my reflexes on the left are diminshed. Quite often I hear crunching in my neck with an occasional popping feeling that leaves me dizzy. At times I will feel dizzy but I'm not sure if this is due to the pain meds. I just had an MRI but do not understand the results could someone please explain. Thanks

MRI without contrast:

Findings Alignment of the vertebral bodies is normal Moderate disk space narrowing is noted at C4-5 and C5-6. The remainder of the intervertrabal disk as well as the vertebra bodies maintain normal height. The spinal cord maintains normal caliber, contour and signal. Marrow of the visualized bony structures is normal.

At C4-5 there is disk bulge without canal or neural foraminal stenosis

At C5-6 disk bulge is seen flattening the ventral aspect of the spinal canal producing no central canal or neural foraminal stenosis.

At C6-7 disk bulge is seen with left lateral disk protrusion osteophyte complex. It indents on the ventral aspect of the spinal canal on the left. It mildly effaces the left ventral spinal cord. It produces mild central canal stenosis and moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis. This would be affecting the C7 nerve root. Correlates with distribution of patients symptoms.
The visualized paravertebral soft tissue are grossly within the range of normal.

Impression: At C6-7 broad based disk bulge osteophyte complex is seen. There is a superimposed left paracentral and lateral as well as probably partially foraminal disk protrusion osteophyte complex that indents on the left ventral aspect of the spinal canal. At most it produces mild central canal stenosis and moderate left neural foraminal stenosis. Correlates with distribution of patients symptoms.


  • hi and welcome to spine health
    you have found a great site to get info regarding your spine. take a peek at all the excellent articles that are available here.
    we arent docs and this report is that of a radiologist. most good surgeons dont even look at the radiologists report. they are usually very skilled at reading mris. so the surgeon is the person to see regarding this.

    i hope this helps and i hope you get relief.

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  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. It would really be unfair for anyone here to speculate as to what your MRI says, that would be best left to the doctors. One here might think it looks bad and give you undo worry over something not to serious or vice verse we could say doesn't look like much and be completely wrong. Keep in mind everyone's MRI after the age of 25 is going to show something, as it is a natural aging process.

    More importantly is what are your symptoms that lead them to do an MRI and how do they effect you? What type of treatments have they tried and what kind of doctor is treating you? When do you return to the doctor for the results?

    Have a look around and you will find many with cervical issues and going through or have gone through the same thing as yourself.

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Keep us posted on what the doctors tell you. In the meantime you could use the search feature at the top of the page and read some of the articles here dealing with disc protrusions and radicular pain and learn the anatomy of the spine. That way you will be well informed when you return to ask questions.

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  • Welcome to Spine-Health. Dave is right about MRI interpretations on this forum and the search function can be valuable to get an idea of what means what. But nobody but the doctor will be able to tell you exactly what's going on and what treatment is suggested.

    I just wanted to point you to our FAQ section (in blue at the top right of the page) where you can find a list of questions to ask your doctor at your next appointment. There are a few links, so one or more might be helpful to you. Many times when we're just starting out with spine problems, we get to the doc appointment and forget everything we want to ask, so these might help you. Writing down questions can be very valuable so that when you get home you don't get ticked that you forgot to ask a specific question.

    Take care and please let us know what your doc says.

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