What does this mean? Abnormal increased T2 signal within thiracic spinal cord at level t7-t8 with posterior displacement of the cord at this level. Extruded migrated disc involving central portion of the disc at this level with moderate to severe canal stenosis. No significant neural firaminal narrowing.
symptoms I have include burning mid to upper back, at times severe pain in abdomen and rib area. Weakness in upper and lower extremities. 7 months ago i could function with mild to moderate limitations but now have difficulty with many activities on a daily basis. Work, basic housekeeping and recreational activities are really being affected very negatively. Have history of cervical and lumbar degenerative disease involving disc and spondyliticchanges.
One of your thoracic discs has ruptured and the jelly from inside is moving downward, putting pressure on the spinal cord. These things are measured as mild to moderate to severe. Yours is moderate to severe, causing pain, and problems with movement, and the neuralgia you report to be experiencing with the burning sensation in your upper back. This diagnosis is known as moderate to severe spinal stenosis.
A diagnosis like this may require surgical decompression. Please see a qualified orthopaedic or neuro surgeon regarding your MRI soon for an opinion. With any surgery, a second opinion is wise, however, although I rarely recommend surgical consults for people with back pain, in your case it may be wise.
Severe spinal stenosis can be a serous problem that may cause further problems down the road, like chronic pain and peripheral neuropathies. Please make this appointment soon.
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