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Over the past few years I have been to many doctors, the recent one told me that nothing is wrong and that I just need to lose weight. The pain management doctor that I am currently seeing told me that my MRI showed some stuff but that it is normal for adults at age 30 and it is nothing to worry about. I have copies of the MRI's and I do not understand a lot of the stuff they are saying so if anyone can explain this to me I would greatly appreciate it.
The MRI of the cervical spine with and without contrast says C3/4 is fused congenitally. There is subtle bulging, less than 3 mm in depth, at C3/4, C4/5, C6/7. The central canal is patent at these levels. The foramina are generally considered patent as well, although there is slight narrowing on the left at C3/4 only. Patent central canal throughout the cervical spine. Normal cervical cord signal. No evidence of M.S.
The MRI lumbar spine without contrast says the patient has a modest 3 to 4 mm posterior disc protrusion at L4/5 along with disc desiccation, and there is mild hypertrophy of the facet joints. I do see very mild narrowing of both foramina inferiorly. The central canal is not compromised. There is similar shallow posterior disc protrusion at L5/S1 with no thecal sac effacement. The central canal and foramina are patent at this level. There is no pathology in the lumbar spine above L4. I am in pain always and have tingling and numbness in hands and feet all the time and it gets worse if I am in a position for to long, I also have pain that radiates down my lower back to my feet. I just want to rip out my spine most of the time. If anyone can explain this to me it would help me out a ton.

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