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  • Apounds
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    I need help reading and understanding my MRI results. In 2007 i was diagnosed with mild degenerative disc disease with herniation at c4 c5 and c5 c6 without narrowing. I just had another MRI done October of 2012 and it reads.

    C2-c3 there is mild/moderate right and minimal left uncovertebral degenerative change with mild facet arthropathy resulting in minimal bilateral foraminal narrowing without canal stenosis.

    c3-c4 There is mild bilateral incovertebal and facet arthropathy resulting in minimal bilateral foraminal narrowing without canal stenosis.

    C4-c5 mild broad based disc bulge without foraminal narrowing or canal stenosis.

    c5-c6 mild broad-based disc bulge with mild left greater than right uncovertebbral degenerative change and moderate facet arthropthy is seen with minimal bilateral foraminal narrowing and minimal narrowing of the csf space anterior to the cord.

    c6-c7 minimal broad-based disc bulge without foraminal narrowing or canal stenosis is seen.

    It seems that things are getting worse and suffer with a lot of pain with no help from doctors and seem like it is starting to debilitate me to the point i can’t do much

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    MRIs reveal the “geography” of the neck but by itself will not define the pain disorder. Please see the section on the website “How to describe symptoms” so the symptoms can be coordinated with the MRI findings.

    Dr. Corenman

    Apounds
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    Doctor when this first started 6 years ago i would have pain, stiffness, and burning in the back left of my neck. Had the first mri done it showed i had ddd with C3-C4 herniation without narrowing the same with C4-C5.
    The past 4 years has been getting worse the pain stiffness and burning as gradually went lower in to the back area. And is now in the lower back. I have also had my left arm have burning pins and needles and pain also pain going down the left side of my chest.the second time i couldn’t even move my left hand. Right now i am having cramping in my hips and leg weakness along with knee pain. Don’t know if it’s connected or not or if it is a different injury. My concern is with C5-C6 which is worse than the first mri.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    There is no significant compression of the cord or of the nerve roots according to the reading of the radiologist. Remember that interpretation of the images is a value judgement and may be read in different ways by different radiologists.

    Pain in the lower back and cramping in the hips should not originate from the neck in your case.

    Dr. Corenman

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