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Hello I am new and browsing threads hoping to gather information to help me understand my MRI.
Background: I went to ER with extreme burning pain in back, rt hip, rt leg and both feet. I could hardly walk. Felt like hot coals in my back, hip and down my leg to my feet. They gave me pain relief thinking it was my fibromyalgia, no tests.

A few days later it was even worse. Burning in neck, back, ribs and chest, rt shoulder, arm, hip, leg, and both feet. Also had numbness, pins/needles from head to toe all on right side but also pain/numb in left foot. They said go back to ER but I insisted on getting in to see my doctor who was familiar with my FM and he agreed with me that it was not FM related. Ordered MRI, prednisone, flexeril, naproxen, percocet.

Doc called about MRI, said he was sending me to neurology next day because I had discs protruding into my spinal cord at t5-6 and said be careful not to fall, bend, twist, or lift. Now I'm scared.

Neuro did tests on me, found rt sided weakness. Went over MRI and said it is rare to have protrusion like this happen in thoracic area, and that is what's causing the burn in my back, ribs and chest. He then repeated what doc told me about being careful not to bend etc. When I asked what they do to fix it he said it depends on the quality of life I want to get back to. He is sending me to physical therapy. And put me on neurontin for burn pain.

Does this mean they can't fix it? I am limited in mobility. I had to get a temp. disability plaque. I had to limit anything physical. I cannot work. I can barely be on my feet more than 15 min. without pain hitting and then I can't move for hours. I have to use a walker or assistance to get to the bathroom on those days.

THORACIC SPINE MRI WITHOUT IV GADOLINIUM
** FINDINGS **:
Thoracic MRI was performed without IV gadolinium on a GE 1.5 Tesla
magnet.
This a right paracentral disc protrusion at T5-6 which results in
mild to moderate thecal sac compression, and indents the right
ventral spinal cord at that level (axial image 14 of series 7). No
fracture, bony lesion or malalignment. There is mild disc
degeneration in the mid and lower thoracic spine. There is no
abnormal spinal cord signal. The conus medullaris is located at
T12 with normal signal. No neural foraminal narrowing at any
level. No significant thecal sac compression at other sites.
** IMPRESSION **:
1. Right paracentral disc protrusion at C5-6 results in mild to
moderate thecal sac compression and indents the right ventral
spinal cord at that level.
2. No neural foraminal narrowing at any level.
3. There is mild disc degeneration in the mid and lower thoracic
spine.

LUMBAR SPINE MRI
** FINDINGS **:
Lumbar spine MRI was performed on a GE 1.5 Tesla magnet without
contrast.
No fracture, bony lesion or mass. There is mild disc degeneration
at L3-4 and L4-5. The conus medullaris is located at L1 with
normal signal. Axial images show the following:
L2-3: Normal.
L3-4: Minimal thecal sac indentation anteriorly due to small
circumferential disc bulge. There is ligamentum flavum thickening
and mild bilateral facet arthropathy.
L4-5: Minimal thecal sac indentation anteriorly due to small
circumferential disc bulge. There is mild bilateral facet
arthropathy.
L5-S1: No thecal sac compression. There is mild bilateral facet
joint arthropathy.
** IMPRESSION **:
Mild lower lumbar disc and facet joint degeneration. No
significant thecal sac compression. No neural foraminal narrowing.


CERVICAL SPINE MRI WITHOUT GADOLINIUM
** FINDINGS **:
Cervical spine MRI was performed on a GE 1.5 Tesla magnet without
IV gadolinium.
No fracture, bony lesion or malalignment. No significant disc
degeneration at any level. No abnormal spinal cord signal or
cerebellar ectopia. No thecal sac compression or neural foraminal
narrowing at any level.
** IMPRESSION **:
No thecal sac compression or neural foraminal narrowing at any
level. No significant disc degeneration.





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