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Cervical MRI help
Mar 17, 2012
If anyone can help me understand this better I sure would appreciate it. In 2009 I started have extremely severe headaches that would start at the base of my brain, radiate around the right side of my head to my forehead. Almost continual throbbing pain. I also started having episodes of pain in my right shoulder. At the time I was 63 years old, and although I have never suffered from migraines my Dr. treated me with medication for migraines which did nothing. With physical exertion I would experience numbness and tingling, blurred vision in my right eye, slurred speech, and become so weak I would just suddenly fall to the ground. Echocardiogram, doppler, MRI of the brain were normal. By 2010 I started have problems with my balance and gait, at times my legs would go numb and I didn't have the ability to walk. By 2010 simple things like button a shirt, writing, became extremely difficult. Bilateral episodes of numbness, tingling and pain in my shoulders, arms, hands, and neck. I also had to stop driving because I would continually be veering off to the right. In 2011 I was seen by a neurologist and had an EEG done. There was no epileptic activity, but it did show "low amplitude recordings which may be found in neurodegenerative disorders". The neurologist also found hyperreflexia, two beats of clonus bilaterally, and strength testing slightly below normal. He ordered a MRI of my cervical spine which showed the following on a T1 and T2 weighted sequence in saagittal and transverse planes.
C2-C3: normal
C3-C4: Disc osteophyte complex is seen resulting in deformity of ventral thecal sac and narrowing of the the spinal canal which measures 9 mm in maximum sagittal diameter. Formaminal narrowing is seen bilaterally.
C4-C5: Disc osteophyte complex is noted resulting in deformity of ventral thecal sac and narrowing of the spinal canal to 8 mm in maximum mid sagittal diameter. Foraminal narrowing is seen bilaterally.
C5-C6: Disc osteophyte complex is noted resulting in deformity of ventral thecal sac and narrowing of the spinal canal which measures 9 mm in maximum sagittal diameter. Foraminal narrowing is seen bilaterally.
C6-C7: Mild disc osteopyte complex is seen resulting in deformity of ventral thecal sac without central canal stenosis. Mild foraminal narrowing is seen on right side.
He sent me to a neurosurgeon who said I had just mild osteoarthritic changes in my spine, and he would treat me if I wanted with epidural steroid injections if I wanted.
What's going on? Is this MRI showing more then mild osteoartritic changes. My quality of life is nothing anymore, and I just seem to be getting worse.





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