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  • willy
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    Mri shows big white blob around #5disk have severe arm and shoulder pain
    Very scared &HAVENT SEEN SPECIALIST YET

    willy
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    Just adding that my MRI also indicates damage to #5 according to information in the video
    and thank you very much for that Doc

    Dr. Corenman
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    Discs are hard to number for the layman. The discs are named for the vertebra they boarder. For example, the disc between the C4 and C5 vertebra is named the C4-5 disc.

    A “white blob” mass may be something different depending on the “T” of the image. If the image is a T2, this could be a “fat blob” or a “water blob” (cyst). If the image is a T1, then it is a “fat blob”. If it is a STIR image (fat suppression), it is a “water blob”.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
    If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!

    willy
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    thanks again! When I say #5 I mean the 5th dark spot from the top on a vertical side view of the neck Best I can describe. but I can only guess what I’m looking at with the cross section view The blob looks to be about the size of a lemon. Hope I can last until my appointment next week I originally went to a shoulder Dr. because of the pain & arm numbness $ he seemed to know right off it was #5 & sent me right off to get MRI I know it might be putting you on the spot by without you seeing it could you please tell me on a scale of 1 to 10 & 10 being the worst. How serious could this be?

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    Dr. Corenman
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    I think you are misinterpreting the films. There is not enough room in the neck for a lemon sized mass. You might be looking at the thyroid cartilage or a lipoma in the back of the neck (a fatty mass that generally is not of substance). I think you will be more comfortable with a surgical opinion but you can read the radiologist’s report (which should be available to you at no cost and has already been completed) if you really want to know what’s going on.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
    If this forum has helped you, please let Dr. Corenman know!

    willy
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    Only saw the mass in cross section views and appears to be different sizes in 3 or 4 pictures going down the list & only assuming it’s around the 5th vert Hope you’re right I guess!

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