MRI results in layman's terms

juli8995jjuli8995 Posts: 1
edited 07/23/2019 - 1:08 PM in Neck Pain Forum
can someone help me to understand mri findings? it looks like i have been diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy. the mri says this:
there is reversal of the cervical lordosis. a disk herniation is noted at c5-6. there is multilevel disc desiccation. the cervical cord is normal in signal and caliber. at c2-3, c3-4, and c4-5 the intervertebral disc, theca sac and neural foramina are normal.
at c5-6, there is broad-based posterior disc herniation and mild left uncinate spondylosis. there is mild left foramina stenosis. the right neural foramen and theca sac are patent. at c6-7 there is disc desiccation, but no herniation and no spinal or neural foramina stenosis. at c7-t1 the intervertabral disc, theca sac and neural foramina are normal. can someone explain why this really means? i have daily pain, sometimes severe with numbness in my fingers. at this point i am unable to turn my head very far in either direction. i am 45 years old, but i have been dealing with issues for many years now. an mri that i had about 12 years ago stated that i had 3 minimal bulging disks. the latest mri was done 1 week ago with these results. i have many muscle spasms in the middle back through my shoulders that never go away. i am not sure what this really means, nor how bad it really is indicated.
many thanks for any help in understanding this.

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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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i’ve had this for years, it hurts, i cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should i get?

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  • ChiMom1213CChiMom1213 Posts: 8
    edited 01/09/2016 - 7:41 PM
    Your MRI shows changes some could be more problematic than others, you need to see the MDwho ordered the scan and get a plan for treatment and ask them these questions. Most of the report is a atomic medical terminology that you wouldn't likely understand and it isn't important in the big picture. You need help for the pain you explain and to have this report deciphered for you. Good luck !

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  • No one here is allowed to interpret your MRI for you. We are not allowed. You'll need to talk to your doctor.
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