Here is the reading of my MRI of the spine can someone please explain this to me. SO I can understand why I am in so much pain
MR cervical and thoracic spine
The comparison: None
Indication: Back pain
Technique: Standard cervical spine was performed with sagittal T1 and T2,
axial T2 and T2 gradient sequences. No contrast was administered.
Sagittal images limited by motion artifact. The cervical spine is normal
in lordotic alignment. No evidence for listhesis. The marrow signal is
within normal limits. Cord signal is grossly normal given motion
C2-3: No significant disc bulge, central canal stenosis, or foraminal
C3-4: No significant disc bulge, central canal stenosis, or foraminal
C4-5: No significant disc bulge, central canal stenosis, or foraminal
C5-6: No significant disc bulge, central canal stenosis, or foraminal
C6-7: Small disc bulge partially effaces ventral CSF space, with
associated annular tear. No significant foraminal narrowing.
C7-T1: No significant disc bulge, central canal stenosis, or foraminal
Small disc bulge with annular tear C6-7, partially effaces ventral CSF
Technique: MRI of the thoracic spine was performed using routine MRI
Findings: The alignment of the thoracic spine is intact. There is normal
bone marrow signal demonstrated throughout the thoracic spine. No
abnormal soft tissue masses. Disc desiccation and mild disc space height
loss at T7-8, with associated left paracentral disc protrusion and
annular tear which abuts the ventral cord. No foraminal narrowing. No
significant facet arthropathy. The cord is normal in caliber and signal.
Left paracentral disc protrusion T7-8 abuts ventral cord..
Hi, Thank you for your question. I doubt that some spinal nerves may be compressing in spine by disc prolapse & degeneration or stenosis at thoracic level (T). By the reason of that nerves from the spinal cord can be irritated causing back pain, sometime weakness in the leg, leg or thigh pain and numbness, tingling. Few persons also face generalized body weakness and numbness due to other nerve irritation on back. If he suffers continuous weakness and notice reduced strength of muscle bulk in both the legs, please arrange an appointment with a neurologist right away who will evaluate the possibilities here. These “red flags” could be indicative of compression of the spinal cord and its nerve branches and early treatment is essential if permanent damage needs to be avoided. Further referral to a physiotherapist for spinal exercises could be beneficial and may produce relief of symptoms. Hope this helps. Take Care & Stay Healthy!!!
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