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Just got diagnosed

mstrlucky74mmstrlucky74 Posts: 4
edited 11/18/2017 - 12:58 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical

Hello all. I've been in a lot of pain lately. Pain in neck, numbness in arm and upper right chest.Just got my MRI back see below and doc said I have a herniated disc. He suggested an epidural. He is a D.O. not an MD. I feel so so about him although I've only seen him twice. I have an appointment at [edit] in a week. If anyone can shed some light on the radiologist report and maybe some advice that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

DISC LEVELS:
There is congen ital narrowing of the central canal.
C2/C3: Normal.
C3/C4: Small br oadbased
central disc protrusion which indents the ventral thecal sac and near completely effaces the
ventral CSF column. Mild to moderate right foraminal narrowing.
C4/C5: Minimal disc bulge with a small left paracentral disc protr usion which abuts the ventral aspect of the cord without
abnormal cord signal. Mild right foraminal narrowing.
C5/C6: Small disc bulge with circumferential osseous ridging and a superimposed moderate sized broadbased
right
paracentral disc protrusion which abuts the ventral aspect of the predominantly right hemicord without abnormal cord
signal. There is mild to moderate overall central canal stenosis and mild to moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing.
C6/C7: Large broadbased
central disc protrusion which completely effaces the ventral CSF column and contacts t he
ventral aspect of the cord. There is moderate central canal stenosis. There is moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing.
C7/T1: Normal.

IMPRESSION: MRI of the cervical spine demonstrates:


1. Multilevel cervical spondylosis with congenital narrowing of the cervical central canal.


2. Large disc protrusion at C6/C7 contributes to moderate central canal stenosis and mod erate bilateral


foraminal narrowing. Disc material contacts the ventral aspect of the cord without abnormal cord signal.

3. Disc protrusion at C5/C6 abuts the ventral aspect of the predominantly right hemicord without abnormal


cord signal and contributes to mild to moderate central canal stenosis and mild to moderate bilateral
foraminal narrowing.

4. Disc protrusion at C4 /C5 abuts the ventral aspect of the cord without abnormal cord signal.


5. Mild to moderate right foraminal narrowing at C3/C4




Edited by Liz, Spine-health Moderator To remove name of medical facility

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  • LizLiz Posts: 8,914
    edited 11/18/2017 - 12:58 AM

    Hello mstrlucky74

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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Ok, not looking for medical advice then. Some feedback on what others have done for this.

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  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805

    With my experience and I do have a bit of it from cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum fusions, and all of the protocol leading up to it. I will advise you to become your own advocate if you haven't already done so. Ask a lot of questions, research information on trusted sites, get more than one opinion, possibly three to four from highly recommended physicians at major medical facilities. That will help you make a confident decision on what route to go and when you do make that decision, never look back and say I shoulda,, woulda, coulda done that instead. If I can be of any more help or support just ask, I'll try to do my best.

    ranger

  • I agree totally with Ranger above. It seems being in pain like you are describing, I would seek medical treatment ASAP.

  • Yes, please make an appointment as soon as you can with a cervical or spinal/cranial doctor or neurosurgeon. This is very important. Do not wait! Please get back in touch with us to let us know how it is going with you.

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  • I totally agree with the suggestion to go to a Neuro spinal surgeon ASAP. YOU have a buldging disc with a congenital marrow spine. This means not a lot of room there. Your doc is a DO not a specialist. If you have a ppo medical plan please get the ball rolling. It’s your body and you only have 1.

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