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  • sammyantha
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    Can you please explain my mri readings so i can understand it. Doctor is going to refer me to a pain management specialist. I’ve done 3 months of physiotherapy and have had no improvements, i get bad migraines every couple of days from my the back and side of my neck, my hands go numb daily throughout the day and i get intense burning pain up and down my neck and back between shoulder blades if i try and do a little bit of house work or sit at a computer desk for over 40 mins. I have never had this pain before and it has only appeared since a car accident and assault dated 29/12/2017. My shoulder (left) was also injured (rotator cuff) and the tendons are frayed.

    My mri for the neck and upper back findings are as follows:

    c5/6: disc height normal. there is a small left paracentral disc osteophyte complex with which produces mild stenosis of left neural foramen without definite nerve root compression.

    c6/7: disc height normal. Central canal normal. There is mild sstenosis of left neural foramen due to uncovertebral spurring.

    conclusion:
    small midline disc protrusion at c6/7. Mild left-sided neural foramen c5/6 and c6/7 due to foraminal disc bulges.

    My doctor is saying that i could of had this dormant for awhile and that the car accident has activated it. I don’t really understand what it all means.

    Dr. Corenman
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    Your symptoms “i get bad migraines every couple of days from my the back and side of my neck” could be from injury to the facets in the upper portion of your neck. These facet injury changes might be present but unappreciated. See https://neckandback.com/conditions/cervical-degenerative-facet-disease/.

    Your other symptoms “my hands go numb daily throughout the day” could be from the neck but less likely based upon the MRI findings. There are many other potential sources. See https://neckandback.com/conditions/nerve-entrapment-compression/ and https://neckandback.com/conditions/thoracic-outlet-syndrome/.

    Your complaints of “i get intense burning pain up and down my neck and back between shoulder blades if i try and do a little bit of house work or sit at a computer desk for over 40 mins” could be from the degenerative discs at C5-7 (“small midline disc protrusion at c6/7. Mild left-sided neural foramen c5/6 and c6/7 due to foraminal disc bulges”) or from facets lower in the neck.

    Dr. Corenman

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