I am in the Air Force and have been for the last 25 years and while I'm sure they will take care of me I'm a bit worried.
A few months ago I started to notice that my lower legs felt like they are slightly asleep with a pins and needle sensation most of the time, more if I have been active recently. My legs have a general feeling of weakness and numbness but it is fairly mild and has not stopped me from doing things, yet.
I have ha chronic pain at the base of my skull, through my neck and into my shoulders for the last few years.
I have had shooting pains down my legs that seem to originate in the lowest portion of my back/hips.
Due to the potential neurology issues, I was sent to see a Neurologist and he had a full gamut of MRI/MRAs done to see what they could see. Here is what shows up in my back:
C3-4 - mild bulge of disc osteophyte complex eccentric to the left. Mild left neural foraminal stenosis.
C4-5 - Moderate bulge of disc osteophyte complex eccentric to the left with borderline left ventral hemicord impingement. Mild left neural foraminal stenosis.
Impression: Mild to moderate disc bulging as described. At c4-5, there is borderline ventral left hemicord impingement and borderline stenosis.
T3-4 - Mild left paracentral focal protrusion.
T5-6 - Mild focal midline protrusion.
T6-7 - Moderate focal left paracentral protrusion with left hemicord ventral impingement. The T2 nuclear signal extends to the posterior annular fibers.
T7-8 - Mild paracentral focal posterior protrusion.
Impression: Moderate left paracentral disc herniation T6-7 associated with annular tear and ventral lefts hemicord impingement. Mild focal herniation T3-4, T5-6, and T7-8.
L2-3 - There is disc height loss at. Anterior vertebral body osteophytes are seen along with associated bulge.
Impression: Spondylosis of the lumbar spine as well as disc bulge and loss or height at L2-L3.
I'm not sure what to think... I'm not sure what to expect...
I turn it over to the educated masses, what do you think?
No one is qualified nor permitted to provide information on any medical testing. That information , diagnosis and treatment options need to come from them. When is your appointment to go over the imaging results?