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Please help me understand MRI report

Hello all! I've been reading some posts on this forum that has been helpful! But I wanted to tell you what my report says and to find out what it means. My orthopedist is only in his office on Tuesdays. They wanted me to come in this Tuesday or the next but I'm not going to drive over and hour away and make my poor kids sit in their office all day during Christmas/new years. So my appt isn't until January 14th now. But I wish it were sooner. I'm having a lot of pain! I had an MRI done yesterday and picked up the report today.

History:

I've been having some pretty bad neck pain for a few years now. But I was involved in a car accidentin oOctober. I was driving, my kids were in back in their boosters (they are 4 and almost 8).they are fine, thankfully. A big truck ran a stop sign speeding and I had the right of way. I hit the side of his truck. I had been going around 35 and he was probablygoing at kleast 45. I did start to break before impact, but didn't get to slow too much. My car was totaled aand it's value was 7500. As the shock wore off my neck and shoulder pain began and peaked a few days later. It's been nothing but intense pain since. Started seeing a chiro a few days after wreck and I stopped seeing him after a month because I think know he made me worse! Went to orthopedist couple weeks ago. He thought it was a herniated disc at c 5-6 because I was having occasional numbness on my right arm down to the inside of my hand toward my thumb and pain. I'm 32 years old, a female, normal height and weight (5'5" 135). My shoulders (both) have been bothering me a lot. I have off and on ear ache in right ear. I already have tmj, but since accident I've had a terrible time with it. So biggest complaints...headaches, neck opain, shoulder pain.

Report:

Findings: there is straightening to reversal of the cervical lordosis. This is consistent with musculoskeletal strain centered at approximately C 3-4. The vertebral marrow signal is preserved. There is no Marrow infiltration, no expansile, lytic, or destructive abnormality, no compression fracture seen.

Discs: the intervertebral disc space height and signal is preserved, C 2-3 through T 5-6. There is narrowing of the disc space height at T 6-7, T 7-8.

Ligaments and tissues: (says everything is unremarkable)

C 1 and craniocervical junction: no cerebellar tonsillar ectopia, no Chiari malformation.

C 2-3: no herniation, no stenosis, no alteration of caliber of central canal or foramina.

C 3-4: 25% left foraminal narrowing from facet hypertrophy. 25% right foraminal narrowing as well. No central canal stenosis.

C 4-5: 25% right foraminal narrowing. 50% left foraminal narrowing. No central canal stenosis.

C 5-6: 25% right foraminal narrowing. No central canal stenosis, no left foraminal narrowing.

C 6-7: no disc herniation, no stenosis, no alteration in the caliber of central canal or foramina.

C 7 - T 1: no disc herniation, no stenosis, no alteration in the caliber of the central canal or foraminal.

T 1-2 - T 6-7: unremarkable on sagittal views. Less than 10% narrowing of the ventral height of T 7. The is no marrow changes.

Cord and canal: no lesion of spinal cord or spinal canal is noted.

Conclusion:

1) straightening to reversal of the cervical lordosis is seen. This is consistent with musculoskeletal strain.
2) there is foraminal narrowing seen on the upper cervical spine. There is no nerve root displacement; however, if patient has isolated radiculopathy in the proper distribution this may be important. No disc herniation, no stenosis, no cord compromise.

Thanks in advance!
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,660
    edited 12/19/2013 - 7:03 PM
    There is nobody on this forum qualified to interpret an MRI, I am afraid your doctor is the only person who can do that

    http://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/mri-reports-why-we-cant-advise


    Please take the time to read this post and refer to it when you have questions

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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • There is nobody on this forum qualified to interpret an MRI, I am afraid your doctor is the only person who can do that

    http://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/mri-reports-why-we-cant-advise


    Please take the time to read this post and refer to it when you have questions

    I am sure that you will find your time on Spine-Health very rewarding. This site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and growing.
    Here are just some of the highlights that are available as tabs on the main Spine-Health menu bar

    Spine-Health Main Menu Tabs

    Conditions Detailed medical libraries of articles and videos that address almost every spinal condition.
    Treatment List of treatments to the conditions identified by Spine-Health.
    Wellness Section contains articles, tips and videos to help patients after surgery and also to help people avoid surgery.
    Spine-Health Forums These are the forums you will be using
    Find A Doctor This provides with a method to search for doctors in various locations.
    Doctor Advice Health Center The Resource tab, has many important features. You can browse various doctor advice on given spinal situations, you can browse clinical trials and view a comprehensive glossary..
    Health Videos Index to all Spine-Health Videos



    As a bonus, Spine-Health provides these patient forums. Here you can meet thousands of people who understand and can relate to your situation. You will soon become part of the Spiney family[/u] who provide comfort and the advantages of a support system. You are now part of this family that is approximately 27,00 international members and growing daily.

    IMPORTANT

    - It is very important to understand the Forum Rules to make sure all of your posts[u] do not violate any of the rules.[/u]

    - All new members must read our FAQ in order to understand the layout of the forums, how to navigate through the forums, helpful terms, how to make effective threads and posts, plus a link index to many of the important medical forums and key medical articles on Spine-Health Forum FAQ

    I am positive any member, new or old will find this Chroinc Pain - Step by Step thread very valuable.

    Here are some links that all new members need to review to create effective threads and more

    Read before you post
    Tips for Newcomers
    Understanding the rules

    All of this will help make your threads better and improve the times and quality of responses you will receive.

    You can also find Spine-Health on these Social Networks

    Facebook www.facebook.com/spinehealth
    Pinterest http://pinterest.com/spinehealth/boards/
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    If you have any questions or need assistance, you can use the private message facility to[u] contact any one of the Spine-Health Moderators

    dilauro

    tamtam

    Liz

    Sandi

    JellyHall




    ********************************************************************************************
    Thank you for the reply. I guess I was hoping someone could share their personal experiences with the same conditions I have. I figured what I have going on is probably very common.
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  • Also I am 'not authorized' to view the link you provided.
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,660
    edited 12/19/2013 - 8:11 PM
    I am sorry the link is not working for you, I have copied the information for you. I hope it helps.................

    MRI Reports - Why we cant advise and what the doctors say



    This holds true not only for MRI reports but any other diagnostic test that your doctor or team of doctors performed on you.
    There are no medical professionals on this site that are qualified to accurately interpret any of those diagnostic tests. That should be done only by your doctor and not even the technician who may have run the test.

    There could be many members on this site that have been through so many of these tests that they are pretty accurate, but you dont want to hold your life in the hands of a non-professional.

    Take a look at this analogy. Think if it in terms of reading any diagnostic report. The actual images that come back are much harder

    The Problem
    You have a 5 year old car that has been giving some trouble recently. Your brought it down to the local service center for
    them to run diagnostic tests.

    The Report comes back

    MILD - Ok, so there is a problem, but I think it can be fixed by adding some fuel cleaner and changing the engine oil. Easy thing to do, will not cost much. However, if you ignore it, down the line, this mild problem could
    developed into a bigger problem.

    MODERATE - Yes, we found a few parts that definitely show signs of wear and tear. I think if we bring it in to the shop, we should be able to do sum tune up therapy, and will probably have to add some engine and transmission medications. If you dont do this, I can almost be sure that this will deteriorate further. Maybe not in a few months, but down the line. Know do you want to be driving at night in a snow blizzard in a town you do not know. All of
    a sudden your car stops dead in its tracks, wont start or anything. Here is where you hit yourself in the head and say
    I should have listened, I should have taken care of it back then

    SEVERE - This is not good. I dont think any band aid approach is going to solve the problem.
    Sure, you can continue driving, but I am afraid if you do, you might have some permanent damage. I suggest that we remove the engine and see if we can rebuild it, if not, we are going to have to do a total replacement


    When it comes to cars, I think most people can see the picture... Well, its really not that different when it comes to diagnostic tests.

    The degree of severity as outlined above, is the same when it comes to MRI readings. Just look at those words and relate them to your situation.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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