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My regular Dr.s office sent me for these tests. I had seen my Dr.s partner. The partner got the results but wants my regular physician to see them. He (ny reg. Dr) is going out of the country for 3 wks. Should I insist on seeing the NS I have seen before for lower back (they didn't find anything significant enough to treat at that time and didn't check the neck)
My arm is asleep about have of the day right now - on and off.
Please let me know if you know what this means or even some of it:
[B]MRI RESULTS[/B]
C2-3, unremarkable

C3-4, moderate narrowing of the left neural foramina

C4-5 there is evidence of prominent left-sided endplate spurring resulting in moderate to severe narrowing of the left neural faramen. The right neural foramen is moderately narrowed secondary to underlying disc osteophyte complex. The AP diameter of the central canal is at its lower limits.

C5-6, there is evidence of degenerative disc desiccation with mild loss of disc height. There is evidence of prominent right-side uncinate hypertrophy, which results in moderate to severe right neural foraminal narrowing. The left neural foramen is moderately narrowed secondary to underlying endplate spurring also. The AP diameter of the central canal is at it the lower limits of normal.

C6-7, minimal circumferential disc buldge is noted. The bilateral eural foramina are mildly narrowed with the left somewhat worse than the right due to underlying endplate spurring changes.

C7-T1, unremarkable
[QUOTE=reynfem]My regular Dr.s office sent me for these tests. I had seen my Dr.s partner. The partner got the results but wants my regular physician to see them. He (ny reg. Dr) is going out of the country for 3 wks. Should I insist on seeing the NS I have seen before for lower back (they didn't find anything significant enough to treat at that time and didn't check the neck)
My arm is asleep about have of the day right now - on and off.
Please let me know if you know what this means or even some of it:
[B]MRI RESULTS[/B]
C2-3, unremarkable

C3-4, moderate narrowing of the left neural foramina

C4-5 there is evidence of prominent left-sided endplate spurring resulting in moderate to severe narrowing of the left neural faramen. The right neural foramen is moderately narrowed secondary to underlying disc osteophyte complex. The AP diameter of the central canal is at its lower limits.

C5-6, there is evidence of degenerative disc desiccation with mild loss of disc height. There is evidence of prominent right-side uncinate hypertrophy, which results in moderate to severe right neural foraminal narrowing. The left neural foramen is moderately narrowed secondary to underlying endplate spurring also. The AP diameter of the central canal is at it the lower limits of normal.

C6-7, minimal circumferential disc buldge is noted. The bilateral eural foramina are mildly narrowed with the left somewhat worse than the right due to underlying endplate spurring changes.

C7-T1, unremarkable[/QUOTE]

The neural faramen and foramina are the holes or passages in the spine that the nerves go through to get to the body from the spinal cord. You have narrowing and spurring (bone growths) that are reducing the passage size at C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7. The worst looks to be at C4-5 and C5-6. This most likely will cause pain, tingling and numbness for you in the shoulders, arms and fingers, maybe other areas.

This is pretty much the place to be if you want to learn about this. I had basically the same at C5-6 and C6-7. It was corrected with ACDF surgery.

I would wait for your DR to get back. This is not a life threatening thing. You can go for some time with this, although the pain is not fun. Try massage and alternate hot and cold (10-15 minutes each) on your neck on the side that causes you the most pain. It's a bit hard to understand how your neck can cause arm pain, but that's the place to massage and treat. Also the shoulders, if they feel tight (spasms).

That won't solve the problem, but might give you some relief from the pain.

BTW, if you feel around on your neck when you massage, you may get a charge (shock) down your arm...that's the spot to put the heat/cold.

Dennis





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