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Cervical MRI

edited 03/12/2015 - 8:52 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
So I'm kind of new here I posted my story under "howdid I get here" as my user signature and disaster after microdisectomy on 3/12 of this year and practically disabled on right side after microdisectomy l4/l/5 which more likely maybe the more I research it's after epidural which was following the surgery anyway 11 months later it's worse and everyone is still scratching their heads I've never had an EMG or any type of nerve test but again a blood test on 3/6 to rule out any arthritic or RA and even a cancer marker which is as I suspected all negative and that was done also because I had complained that I was also having some pain in my shoulders along with numbness and tingling into the fingers but only when sleeping well trying to im like " clothes in the dryer" in a constant spin... So the neuro spine and back surgeon who is a colleague to my spine surgeon also the dr who order the blood work and spec bone scan ordered this cervical
Spine MRI which I just had and here's what it said maybe some one can help me understand it
MRI Spine,Cervical
Performed w/o IV on GE 1.5 T high field MRI
Comparisons CT none , MRI none. *** however I will add here from myself I did have a full radioactive body scan on the 24th of December? Wouldn't that be a comparison?
Ok. Next the cervical vertebral body heights are maintained . No compression deformity or subluxation. No abnormal signal the cervical spinal cord . No significant canal compromise .
This I def don't get its in bold on the report
DISCOVERTEBRAL UNITS, NERVE ROOTS AND NEURAL FORMINA then this follows nothing about C 1 is there a C 1?
C2- C3 Unremarkable
C3-C4 Unremarkable
C4-C5 Unremarkable
Same for C5- 6,7. -T1 Unremarkable
Impression states ; there is no evidence of central canal compression , an appreciable disc bulge , definite discrete focal protrusion , or significant forminal narrowing .
End of report .
So even if someone doesn't understand the actual report but has anything listed here I had a neck injury from a car accident in 87 and suffered with a chronic sprain and migraines for years back then I probably had a CT and X-rays but they never saw anything wrong... My daughters neurologist for her migraines looked at my scan and said my neck is severely curved and she is not a radiologist but saw bulges in Btwn discs when she inhanced the screen ... Please I'm
From the failed something nerve damage forum what does this mean for my neck seriously have I joined a new forum am I looking at treatment for something new? And advice or knowledge would be desperately and greatly appreciated. How did I get here?

This can't be happening


  • All I can say is get a second or third opinion if you have to. I was in a car accident in September of 2013, and have been in constant pain ever since. I've had 2 MRI's, and an EMG study and X-rays and have seen one Orthopiedic doctor and two neurologist. Two of the doctors I saw said that my disc herniations, which I have two of aren't "bad enough" to warrant doing anything to help me. I also had some facet Arthropathy in my scans and my X-rays showed neck instability. I refuse to accept that as an answer so I found another neurologist who would listen and even though my scans aren't "bad enough" the pain is "bad enough" for me so he is taking the time to find out what is causing me all this pain.
    I have learned that we have to be our biggest advocates. We have to be annoying squeaky wheels and keep demanding answers and if the doctor doesn't have any or isn't willingnto find them, time for a new doctor. There is a plethora of doctors and specialist out there. No need to suffer willingly. I find that doctors don't listen to you if you don't "look" like you are debilitated. If you are young, present well and aren't in tears they think you are just being dramatic. Anyone who has seen my MRI can see how bad my herniations are and what a mess my neck is. I think some doctors are just too lazy to investigate and
    want the patient who is the easy fix. In my case I have many levels with problems and several different issues, so they don't know which level is causing my symptoms so it's easier to write me pain med scrips and send me on my way.
    I urge you to be an advocate for yourself and find a doctor who is willing to listen and help you. They are out there. I found one. Good luck to you. You can always PM me if you need to vent. You are not alone. We are all here trying to find help and support.
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