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Cervical Spine & Lumbar MRI results Warrant Questions

I was just diagnosed with a few things from my cervical spine MRI due to a few issues I am having. I had an Xray of my neck first and it said something was wrong so a MRI was to be done next. The results basically said 1) "Disc Protrusions at C4-C5 w/o central canal stenosis. 2)Left C5-C6 Severe foraminal stenosis.The results also implied medical issues with my C4,C5,C6,C7, & T1. I have been suffering from severe migraine headaches for about 2 years and also very bad neck pain and pain shooting down into my upper back between the shoulder blades. This has gotten so bad that I fell onto the floor one night when I got out of bed due to the fact my left leg was dead and I didn't realize it before i stood up. When  sit my left leg goes dead all the way from my pelvis to my entire foot and if I were to stand on it my ankle would break in a heartbeat. When I lie in bed my entire right side goes dead (both arm & leg) and every muscle in my body feels so weak. When I press on any part of my body it feel bruised inside which is odd to me. I also have a severe issue with my lumbar spine for a few years now and it hurts to bend over to sweep or even when I vacuum with an upright vacuum or even when I pick up stuff off the floor.I had lumbar MRI/2004&dr. said normal but when I recently got my result of cervical spine I also picked up lumbar diagnosis which said a mild degree of red marrow expansion or conversion & consider a correlation with CBC&ESR to rule out hemopoietic process. What does this mean?I have Referral for specialist for both issues &for pain management.I am asking for advice on this & the pain management. Thanks
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Hi,
   At birth we have one  type of a bone marrow  (all bone marrow is red). With age, more and more of it is converted to the yellow type, acquiring more fat )
In an adult its 2 types
1- red marrow which gives the red blood cells, platelets and most white blood cells
2-and yellow marrow:gives some of the white cells  
In cases of severe blood loss, the body can (a secondary expansion) convert yellow marrow back to red marrow in order to increase blood cell production.

But if the expansion is clinically not justified, primary (no bleeding) then we should run few tests like ESR, Serum protein/immune electrophoresis, calcium level +/- bone marrow aspirate and a biopsy...ext

   A hematology referal is better.

   Bob

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