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I had an anterior fusion done on my c5-c6 cervical spine in 2012. My symptoms were neck pain, shoulder pain, weakness in my left arm as well as numbness and tingling in my fingers. after surgery my symptoms subsided but slowly returned. In August of 2014 my doctor did a posterior fusion of the c5 - c6. My recover from the first surgery was about 4 months and I returned to work. It has been almost 6months since his last surgery and I still have significant weakness on my left arm and virtually no grip strength. My doctor recently sent me for another cervical MRI. I was fully expecting him to tell me that there was more problems that I needed treatment for but instead he says the results look good. Please read the following and tell me if you agree with what my doctor is telling me.
C1-C2: Normal alignment
C2-C3: No disc bulge or herniation. Central canal and neuroforamina are patent.
C3-C4: Small central disc protrusion stable from previous CT. Moderate narrowing of the central canal. No significant neural foraminal narrowing.
C4-C5: Small diffuse disc osteophyte complex. Moderate narrowing of the central canal with effacement of CSF. Moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing. Findings progressed from previous MR.
C5-C6: Status post fusion. Mild narrowing of the thecal sac. Mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.
C6-C7: Small disc osteophyte complex. Mild narrowing of the central canal. Mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.
C7-T1: No disc bulge or herniation. Central canal and neuroforamina are patent.
Spinal Cord: Mild deformity of the ventral spinal cord at C3-C4

If anyone can break this down for me so that I can understand it better I would greatly appreciate it. From what I have been able to research most of the issues on this MRI correspond with the symptoms I am currently suffering from.





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