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MRI results

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,002
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello. I am an almost 68 year old woman. I am having weakness in my left arm , severe pain in my neck and shoulder and arm, at times feeling like my arm will fall off. I have a spot on the back of my neck that has no feeling in the skin. My feet are getting numb spots, and there are spots in my legs that cannot feel hot water on them. I have had an EMG test and the neurologist says my nerves are normal. I've had an MRI and my doctor (primary care doctor) says the results are normal. I went and got a copy of the report of the MRI and wonder if anyone can tell me if there is enough of an irregularity here to cause my pain. There has to be something causing it and I'm getting frustrated trying to find out what it is.

The MRI says:
Findings: There are seven cervical segments that align normally. No arthritic burden is seen. The vertebral bodies are normal in height. The disc spaces are normal in height. The marrow spaces are normal. The posterior elements are normal. The cervical cord shows normal signal characteristics and is not displaced. There is no evidence of canal stenosis. The central posterior fossa structures are normal.

The disc spaces although showing minor desiccation changes do show evidence of annulus bulge present at C3-C4, C4-C5, C5-C6 and at C6-C7. These are minor central or paracentral changes and do not extend laterally. There is no level that shows extruded nuclear material and the lateral recesses are normal at all levels except C6-C7 which shows a incidental right-sided, 5 mm nerve root sleeve cyst.
1. There are no acute or worrisome findings on this examination and there is no evidence of foraminal or central canal stenosis. There are minimal changes of multilevel spondylosis seen as minimal central annumlus bulges.
2. There is an incidental 5 mm, right-sided nerve root sleeve seen cyst at C6-C7.

Is there anything here that could cause the symptoms I am having?

Thanks for your help.



  • It is good that you are taking action since you are still in pain and your Primary Care does not see anything that could cause pain. Since we are not doctors we cannot read the MRI reports. But since we are a group of people that have spine problems we are sure here to offer our support and advise. I hope your pain soon ends.
    If I was in your shoes, I would look for a Neuro Spine Specialist or an Orthopedic Spine Specialist. Take your MRI films and the report to your appointment. These specialists usually like to see the films and read them, I know mine usually did not even look at the report. I go to the Ortho Spine and had surgery last March. My neck, shoulder and arm pain and numbness in my hands are totally gone. I do however have lower back issues that are not resolved. But I am working on that.
    If you have any questions I can help with please send a PM (Private Message). With a private message I will see it sooner than a post. Take care.

  • I am reading this report and trying to figure out what it might mean and just realized that the place where I had the MRI done didn't even send a report on my lower back. They took both upper and lower. I looked at the images on the disk they sent home with me and it shows that they did both upper and lower. My doctor wouldn't look at the disk, said to save it for a specialist. I am frustrated. The closest neuro or ortho spine specialist is going to be 300 miles away from my small New Mexico town.

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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i cannot help you with your report but i do wish you were feeling better. it can be so scary to have pain and no diagnosis. ~X( please try and find a doctor to help you with your report. :-C that is really the best way. good luck as you seek pain treatments. =D> Jenny :)
  • What does the Neurologist who did your EMG say about your MRI test results? I hope you're refered to a Specialist and get some meds to control the pain. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I know that you said that your EMG was normal. Was there Conduction test done, I believe it is ECG. I'm 38, and for me, one test came up normal the other showed the exact cervical level that was being pinched. Nerve pain is horrible. It can be radiating, burning, twitching like. You can for example look at your arm, it looks normal- yet it feels like it should be blue for all the pain that you are experiencing. It is something I never ever thoughout of until it happened to me. What I would say to you, if you are close to your family doctor have him/her perscribe you medication for your pain. This can make all the difference, it is surprising the impact these meds do have. Best wishes in the new year, Ell
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