I had an MRI of my cervical spine. My neurologist looked at my report, but didn't explain anything and made it seem like I had nothing wrong. Could you explain these results for me and who I would need to see about these results?
There may be some minimal disc spacing desiccation and disc space narrowing at mid cervical levels. There is effacement of the anterior subarachnoid space at all cervical levels. T1-weighted imagining suggest posterior annular tearing and some disc bulging at C3-4, C4-5, and C5-6. Axial imaging confirms thumbnail central disc bulging at C3-4 effacing the anterior and posterior subarachnoid spaces at this level. Dural diameter is between 8 and 9 mm suggesting central spinal stenosis. At C4-5, some subtle right paracentral disc herniation is seen with only minimal deformity of the anterior thecal margin.
What do you think? Thanks
Well, in a nut shell, I personally don't hear anything severe with your results. Probably 98% of the population are walking around with at least one buldging disc. That is when the disc slips slightly out of space moving out of the normal spinal canal. The tear in the disc is probably nothing to worry about. I am sure he would have told you if it were. Disc narrowing is also very common. That means that the space between two or more disc's are narrower then the others. I believe a herniation is when something is twisted around a disc. Now, there are 5 disc's in the cervical vertibre. 4 and 5 being the lowest. The spine in the neck area is and can be very painful if there is alot of damage. I have said this in all my other posts and I will continue to stress on it. DEMAND answers. YOU are the patient and are paying for those answers. Don't just let a doctor walk out without going over them in lay terms that you can understand. Go back and do that please!
Herniation is when the disc has ruptured. This can put pressure on surrounding nerves and can lead to long term nerve damage if the nerve is impinged upon enough. This is not true in every case. Your doctor should be able to tell you more about your condition.
There is disc replacement surgery now. It is highly effective and does not require any hardware to be used. The herniated disc is removed and a new disc put in its place. Very promising treatment. I believe this will be the treatment of choice in a few years.