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I went to the ER at the beginning of Sept because I was having tingling up and down my left arm and I thought I was having a heart attack or something. After an EKG and a CT scan of brain when I mentioned I get tension at the base of my head I was sent home with a suggestion to see a neurologist. I was sent for an MRI by neuro..

Findings: There is straightening of the cervical lordosis. Vertebral bodies are normal in
height without a fracture or subluxation. Limited evaluation posterior fossa is unremarkable.
No abnormal signal is seen in the cervical spinal cord.
The craniocervical junction is maintained.
At C2-3 there is disc desiccation, otherwise unremarkable level.
At C3-4 there is a small disc bulge. There is left uncovertebral hypertrophy and mild facet
arthrosis. There is no thecal sac compression. There is mild left foraminal stenosis.
At C4-5 there is a small disc osteophytic ridge and bilateral uncovertebral osteophytes.
There is mild thecal sac compression and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
At C5-6 there is a moderate left paracentral foraminal disc osteophytic ridge, bilateral
uncovertebral osteophytes. There is severe thecal sac compression to the left of midline and
compression of the spinal cord as seen on series 6, image 18. There is severe left foraminal
stenosis with compression of the exiting nerve root. There is moderate right foraminal
stenosis with abutment of exiting nerve root.
At C6-7 left paracentral disc protrusion. There is a mild spinal cord compression to the left
of midline. There is mild endplate remodeling. There is no foraminal stenosis. Facet joints
are intact.
At C7-T1 is unremarkable
Degenerative disc disease results in severe compression of the spinal cord to the left of
midline at C5-6 and mild compression to the left of midline at C6-7.
At C5-6, there is severe left foraminal stenosis with impingement of the exiting nerve root.
Mild degenerative changes are seen at other levels.
No abnormal cord signal is seen along the cervical spine

The neuro told me to consult with a surgeon, then told me like 3 times to not fall down or gt in any accidents! :(

I saw the surgeon this past Friday. He said he didnt think I needed to rush and hav surgery at this point and wants to see me again in 2 months and also have another MRI.

This whole thing has me terrified. I'm walking around like I am going to break. I can't stop thinking about it and worrying. I have anxiety disorder, so it is really hard for me to not obsess about this. I have been crying for days, and imagining myself ending up paralyzed
[QUOTE=sweeteypie1118;5099188]I went to the ER at the beginning of Sept because I was having tingling up and down my left arm and I thought I was having a heart attack or something. After an EKG and a CT scan of brain when I mentioned I get tension at the base of my head I was sent home with a suggestion to see a neurologist. I was sent for an MRI by neuro..

Findings: There is straightening of the cervical lordosis. Vertebral bodies are normal in
height without a fracture or subluxation. Limited evaluation posterior fossa is unremarkable.
No abnormal signal is seen in the cervical spinal cord.
The craniocervical junction is maintained.
At C2-3 there is disc desiccation, otherwise unremarkable level.
At C3-4 there is a small disc bulge. There is left uncovertebral hypertrophy and mild facet
arthrosis. There is no thecal sac compression. There is mild left foraminal stenosis.
At C4-5 there is a small disc osteophytic ridge and bilateral uncovertebral osteophytes.
There is mild thecal sac compression and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
At C5-6 there is a moderate left paracentral foraminal disc osteophytic ridge, bilateral
uncovertebral osteophytes. There is severe thecal sac compression to the left of midline and
compression of the spinal cord as seen on series 6, image 18. There is severe left foraminal
stenosis with compression of the exiting nerve root. There is moderate right foraminal
stenosis with abutment of exiting nerve root.
At C6-7 left paracentral disc protrusion. There is a mild spinal cord compression to the left
of midline. There is mild endplate remodeling. There is no foraminal stenosis. Facet joints
are intact.
At C7-T1 is unremarkable
Degenerative disc disease results in severe compression of the spinal cord to the left of
midline at C5-6 and mild compression to the left of midline at C6-7.
At C5-6, there is severe left foraminal stenosis with impingement of the exiting nerve root.
Mild degenerative changes are seen at other levels.
No abnormal cord signal is seen along the cervical spine

The neuro told me to consult with a surgeon, then told me like 3 times to not fall down or gt in any accidents! :(

I saw the surgeon this past Friday. He said he didnt think I needed to rush and hav surgery at this point and wants to see me again in 2 months and also have another MRI.

This whole thing has me terrified. I'm walking around like I am going to break. I can't stop thinking about it and worrying. I have anxiety disorder, so it is really hard for me to not obsess about this. I have been crying for days, and imagining myself ending up paralyzed[/QUOTE]

I dont' know much abut reading MRI's however I do know a bit about cord compression and if I were you I'd get 2 more opinions at least from surgeons.
((((hugs)))

BTW I was told to not fall down or get into an accident when I first had my spinal injury and one surgeon wanted to do surgery and 2 others said not at this time. This was in 2003. I was doing great until this summer. I fell a couple times in early July and the two surgeons I saw believe that the falls had to do with the cord compression however when I fell the second time I jarred my neck really good which caused things to spiral down BIG TIME! As you saw I'm having surgery on Friday.

MTA: I know how terrifying the thought of being paralyzed is. This is one I have to deal with each day since my compression has gotten so bad there's a lot more chance now. Anyway try to relax ( I know hard to do)
Hopefully others with a better understanding when it comes to MRI'S will chime in!





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