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Confused on what my MRI results mean

Virginia35VVirginia35 Posts: 2
edited 09/22/2015 - 10:24 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi I am new to this so I am sorry if I am not in the right forum. I have been having neck pain, shoulder pain, ( both on right side)head aches (more like head pains on top part of right side of head) and numbness in both hands with shock like pain in right fingers. Some times even my elbows are numb. I ache all the time and am extremely stiff in the morning. Most of the time it takes 1-2 hours to get up and get moving. I am taking an anti-inflammatory pill and tramadal for pain. I had an MRI on May 13, 2015. The results read:
Procedure: MRI of cervical spine without contrast.

History: Neck pain. Vertigo.

No comparison study.

There are minimal disc desiccation and bulge C2-C3 without compression of the cord or notable forminal compromise. Borderline mild posterior disc bulge C3-C4. Normal C4-C5 disc.

Moderate C5-C6 disc degeneration with bulge narrowing the foramina mildly, greater on right side with slight mass effect on the cord by disc. Normal C6-C7, C7-T1, T1-T2 discs.

The cervical cord and craniocervical junction are normal. There is no intradural extra medullary abnormality.

The vertebrae are intact with borderline straightening of lordosis secondary to spondylosis. No paraspinal soft tissue abnormality.

Impression: Mild degenerative disc bulge with minimal cord compression C5-C6.

Please any info on what this might actually mean would be greatly appreciated. All the doctors I have seen have said that I have a bulging disc and degenerative disc disease, but not much more than that. I do have an appt with a neurosurgeon in October.

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  • MILD Treated with conservative measures such as Physical Therapy and mild medications. Many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.MODERATE Some more treatments may be needed, ie Spinal Injections, Ultra sound and stronger medications. Always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't helpSEVERE Need for stronger medications. The requirement for surgery may be necessary
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,241
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  • Thank you, I know the that it is not very bad yet, I Was wondering what the straightening Of lordosis and disc desiccation was?
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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,698
    This is something you need to discuss with your neurosurgeon next month, we cannot advice on your MRI finding.


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