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Hi my name is Jessica. I found this board while doing a search on my MRI results. I'm confused and not sure what to think. I've had back problems for a couple of years now but Dr's have told me repeatedly that i'm too young (i'm about to turn 30) to have any problems. They have brushed me off saying it's in my head or a sprain. I finally got a dr to listen to me and send me for an MRI.

He did tell me after looking at my back that he believes I have a mild case of scoliosis. It runs in my family and there is an obvious curve in my spine. I had 3 MRI's for the cervical, thoracic & Lumbar spine. Can anyone tell me what some of the terminology means so I have a heads up before I go to the dr. I do have pain and numbness between my shoulder blades, pain at my neck, pain in lower back, sciatica pain and alot of numbness and weakness in my legs and feet.

MRI Results:

EXAM: MRI lumbar spine without contrast.
PREVIOUS FOR COMPARISON: None.
INDICATION: Low back pain with bilateral hip radiculopathy.
TECHNIQUE: Noncontrast sagittal and axial Tl and T2-weighted MR imaging performed of lumbosacral spine on 0.3
Tesla AIRIS Elite open MRI system.
FINDINGS: Five lumbar-type verlebral bodies are assumed. Sagittal alignment normal with no vertebral body height loss
or listhesis. Conus terminates at L1 .
L1-L2, L2-L3 and L3-L4: Normal disc signal and height. No canal or foraminal stenosis.
L4-L5: Loss of disc signal. Minimal concentric disc bulge. No canal or foraminal stenosis.
L5-S1: Normal disc signal. Mild concentric disc bulge with no canal or foraminal stenosis.
IMPRESSION:
1. Very rnild early degenerative disc disease with mild bulge at L4-L5 and L5-SI. No canal or foraminal stenosis.

EXAMINATION: MRI thoracic spine without gadolinium S/21/2012
COMPARISON: None
INDICATION: 29 year-old female complaining of mid back pain.
TECHNIQUE: Multiplanar multisequence MR imaging of the thoracic spine was performed without gadolinium
utilizing standard protocol. Examination was performed on a 0.3 Tesla open Hitachi MRI scanner.
FINDINGS: Vedebral body height, signal intensity and alignment are preserved throughout the thoracic spine.
Disk spaces are preserved without evidence significant bulge, protrusion or efrusion. Cord signal intensity is
unremarkable without evidence myelopathic change.
IMPRESSION:
Unremarkable MRI thoracic spine.
[B]This one does confuse me cause the dr said he can feel and actually see a curve in my spine thats obvious to indicate scoliosis. According to this I don't but even looking at the MRI pics you can see the curve. But I don't know i'm not a Dr.[/B]

EXAM: MRI cervical spine without gadolinium S/21/2012
COMPARISON: None
lNDlcATloN: 29 year-old female complaining of neck pain and numbness in her fingers for the past 4 years.
No response to conservative management.
TECHNIQUE: Multiplanar multisequence MR imaging of the cervical spine is performed without gadolinium
utilizing standard protocol. Examination is performed on a 0.3 Tesla open Hitachi MRI scanner.
FINDINGS:
There is mild loss of the normal cervical lordosis with relative kyphosis centered at C4. Otherwise, vertebral body heights, signal intensities and alignment are preserved in the cervical spine. Disk signal intensities demonstrate multilevel degeneration and dorsal disk-osteophyte complexes, please see segmental findings below for full discussion. Cord signal intensity is unremarkable without evidence myelopathic change. Visualized posterior fossa structures unremarkable.
Segmental findings are as follows:
C2/3. Unremarkable without evidence significant foraminal or central canal stenosis.
C3/4: Mild disc osteophyte complex is present composed predominantly of a mild broad-based disc bulge. No
significant foraminal stenosis. Mild central canal stenosis with effacement of the thecal sac but no evidence of
cord abutment, cord displacement, cord flattening or cord signal abnormality.
C4/5. Mild disc osteophyte complex is present composed of both uncovedebral hypertrophic change and a mild
broad-based disc bulge. No significant foraminal stenosis. Mild central canal stenosis with effacement of the
thecal sac but no evidence of cord abutment, cord displacement, cord flattening or cord signal abnormality.
C5/6: Moderate disc osteophyte complex is present which is predominantly leftward and orientation. This
produces mild right and mild left foraminal stenosis and mild central canal stenosis with effacement of the thecal
sac but no evidence of cord abutment, cord displacement, cord flattening or cord signal abnormality.
C6/7: Mild disc osteophyte complex is present composed of a mild broad-basedisc bulge. No significant
foraminal or central canal stenosis.
C7/T1: Unremarkable without evidence significant foraminal or central canal stenosis.
IMPRESSION:
1. Mild multilevel degenerative disc disease throughout the cervical spine as discussed in detail above. No evidence myelopathic change.

Any input would be greatly appreciated. I'm sure you guys do this all the time and I'm sure mine is nothing compared to what some of you have. I just want to feel better and be able to do more than I can right now. I have 4 kids and can't do much with them without winding up in alot of pain and barely being able to move. Thank you and I hope everyone has a good day :)





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