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Help understanding MRI results and possibly treatment options?

sparkledctssparkledct Posts: 120
edited 05/29/2014 - 7:53 AM in Chronic Pain
good afternoon all,

i have been in chronic pain since 2004 when i was diagnosed with djd. condition has become progressively worse as these conditions always do. i had acdf surgery a6/a7 on 4-1-10. i have been passed around by a few doctors from ortho's to pm doctors. i never really get enough information or understand the information clear enough. they never give me any options other than pain meds (which i am currently not taking) to having more injections. here is what my most recent mri stated, i am hoping someone on here has had some similar diagnosis that could give me advise. my appointment with pm is tomorrow, i want answers and want to stop being in pain. anyone that has any thoughts they can pass on to me would be so great!


multi level degenerative disc disease
chronic endplate reactive marrow changes – l3/l4 & l4/l5
central disc protrusion that indents the thecal sac protrusion is 3mm diameter l2/l3
tear of annulus fibers with slight bulging disc l3/l4
flattening of the thecal sac l3/l4
ligamentum flavum l3/l4
facet hypertrophy l3/l4
slight bulging disc with flattening of the thecal sac l4/l5
severe degenerative disc disease with loss of disc height l5/s1
slight bulging disc l5/s1

spinal stenosis
left uncovertebral antropathy c4/c5
left neutral foraminal narrowing c6/c7
facet antropathy c6/c7

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  • A few years ago (2010) after my neck surgery I had the surgeon take a look at my back films etc. He (at that time) told me that they could not do surgery because I had too many levels with degeneration and the chance of the surgery holding would be less than 50%. I cried all the way home that day. I cannot believe there is not anyone that can fix me.
  • detail listed above was taken last Friday so it is very up to date. I asked my old Ortho doc for a referral to Cleveland Clinic multiple times and they would not give me one. Have not asked my PM doctor yet so I will try that today. Cleveland Clinic spinal surgeons will not see you without the referral.
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  • Let us know how your appointment goes. If its still 'same old, same old' even with the new diagnostics it's time for an action plan that could involve getting a new set of specialist eyes on you. Good luck & please come back. I'm a Mum of little kids too. It's bloody hard!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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