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Okay. I went and got the report.

1. Osteophytic ridging with bulge eccentric to the right at the 6-7 level. There is mild right hemicanal narrowing with effacement of the right hemicord. No myelomalacia is seen. There is foraminal narrowing bilaterally.

2. Minimal central canal narrowing with patent foramen at the 5-6 level.

3. Reversal of the normal cervical lordosis, particularly to the 5-6 and 6-7 levels. Cord signal and morphology are normal.

I also have a history of x-rays and CTs not showing the true extent of problems. I wouldn't think that would be an issue with an MRI. But it still concerns me.

As far as the loss of sensation to cold things. I have only found one area on my back and sometimes my right hand (on the thumb side) that I can't feel the cold.

It is all a moot point right now though. I called the doctor's office this morning and they are totally booked until my scheduled appointment. I would still be interested in hearing your take on what the report says.
Thanks Marcia. I didn't ask to be put on the cancellation list. I was told that both doctors in the office had been on vacation and were trying to play catch up. My appointment is April 10th (about two weeks away). I guess I am going to try to wait it out unless things get worse. I am seeing a neurosurgeon.

At this point the TENS unit is helping during the day for the pain. At night I take a muscle relaxer and Tylenol PM. I tried just extra strength Tylenol and that didn't even touch the pain and discomfort that I had. Although last night, the PM didn't keep me asleep all night and when I woke up, the pain was there. But that is better than living on Vicodin. I was also taking two Aleve twice a day for inflammation. I stopped taking that though. I couldn't remember how far in advance of surgery that you were not supposed to have that. And I want the doctor to be able to do surgery asap if that is what he thinks is going to help.

The numbness in my thumb and hand is driving me insane. Of course I still have other stuff going on. But the thumb thing is really bothering me.

What do you make of the reversal of the normal cervical lordosis?

You have been very helpful. Thank you.

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