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I have diffuse disc desiccation in all my spine. I have herniated disk and bulges in my cervical, thoracic and lumbar. I just received my Cervical MRI Findings: C5-6 3 mm left paracentral and foraminal protrusion which indents the ventral cord and causes left-sided cord flattening and mild left-sided spinal stenosis with narrowing of the canal to 9.0 mm anterior posterior. Moderate left and mild right neural foraminal narrowing. Uncovertebral and facet hypertrophy. also C6-7 2 mm broad disc osteophyte complex without spinal stenosis. Uncovertebral and facet hypertrophy cause mild to moderate left and mild right neural foraminal narrowing. My symptoms pain, numbness, tingiling, weakness in left arm pain in my neck and shoulders, unbalance, thing fall from my hands. Need help understanding what is going on. Thank you for any help I will appreciate it.
[QUOTE=rvlchiqui;5442229]I have diffuse disc desiccation in all my spine. I have herniated disk and bulges in my cervical, thoracic and lumbar. I just received my Cervical MRI Findings: C5-6 3 mm left paracentral and foraminal protrusion which indents the ventral cord and causes left-sided cord flattening and mild left-sided spinal stenosis with narrowing of the canal to 9.0 mm anterior posterior. Moderate left and mild right neural foraminal narrowing. Uncovertebral and facet hypertrophy. also C6-7 2 mm broad disc osteophyte complex without spinal stenosis. Uncovertebral and facet hypertrophy cause mild to moderate left and mild right neural foraminal narrowing. My symptoms pain, numbness, tingiling, weakness in left arm pain in my neck and shoulders, unbalance, thing fall from my hands. Need help understanding what is going on. Thank you for any help I will appreciate it.[/QUOTE]

It looks like you have disc budget/herniated disc at the C5-6 level that is causing some pressure on the nerve root on the the left side and small amount on the Right side. You also have some DDD or arthritis that has caused the area where the nerve root goes through to narrow. You also have some DDD (Osteophyte complex) at the c6-7 level but it not severe enough to cause pressure nor is the disc buldge (yet but maybe never)at that level pressing on the nerve root yet. I find MRI results interesting because what your results are depends on what each doctor looking at the films sees as important and what they center on. It basically takes your factual MRI and makes it into subjective results because each doctor will read the film differently. A perfect example was I had a MRI about 7 years ago and the result that were written for that MRI was 2 pages long with problem from levels L1-S1. The one I had a year ago only mentioned about 25% as much as before and just talked about 2 levels. They did not even mention my DDD even though my last report said mine was very advance and severe. Believe me my DDD has not gotten better since I cannot stand up straight anymore but could with the first MRI was done. If a average primary doctor read the report he would have not even know this unless he saw the films or examed me. This is why it is important that a pain doctor should actually look at the films. If he cannot be bothered or does not appear to be able to read the MRI (especially if the doctor is doing any procedures like epidurals ) then it is time to run out the door. There are medications and a few other things that should be tried before you have any discussion on any type of surgery. Good luck and hope you have pain free days soon.





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