What does all of this mean? I’ve had extreme neck pain and worsening migraines since being kicked to the floor by a patient with occasional numbness in my extremities and radiating pain. My neck pain is absolutely horrendous.
EXAMINATION: MRI CERVICAL SPINE WO CONTRAST (GENERIC)
CLINICAL HISTORY: Cervical radiculopathy
TECHNIQUE: Multiplanar images of the cervical spine were acquired without
contrast according to radiculopathy protocol.
COMPARISON: Cervical spine radiograph of 12/3/2018 and MRI thoracic spine of
FINDINGS: The vertebral bodies of the cervical spine are normal height,
alignment, and marrow signal. There is loss of disc space signal and height at
the C4-5 and C5-C6 levels.
The cervical spinal cord and visualized posterior cranial fossa are normal in
their signal and configuration.
Limited evaluation of the paraspinal soft tissues demonstrate shotty lymph nodes
in the submandibular region.
C2-C3: Spinal canal and neural foramina are patent.
C3-C4: Spinal canal and neural foramina are patent.
C4-C5: Despite a small disc bulge the spinal canal and neural foramina are
C5-C6: There is a circumferential disc bulge with small central disc protrusion
resulting in mild effacement of anterior thecal sac. Neural foramina are patent.
C6-C7: Spinal canal and neural foramina are patent.
C7-T1: Spinal canal and neural foramina are patent.
You have degenerative disc disease of the C4-5 and C5-6 levels (somewhat common) without reported spinal cord or nerve root compression. There is no report of the facets (again-somewhat commonly missed) which could demonstrate some unrecognized degeneration. You would need X-rays including flexion/extension views to discern motion, stability and disc height as well as a good examination to try and discover what your pain generators could be.