Hi, folks. I’ve been having some trouble with weakness and tingling on my right side for quite a while now (I’ve posted about it once or twice before). In particular, my right tricep has atrophied greatly just above my elbow. Anyway, I finally got the doc to schedule an MRI, and here are the results. I also got a referral to a specialist, but I was wondering if any medical professionals around here have an opinion in the meantime? Am I going to become a cripple anytime soon? Thanks in advance.
Cervical Spine Findings: Multiplanar MR imaging of the cervical spine was performed. Sagittal images reveal straightening of the normal cervical lordosis which may be in part positional. There is, however, moderate multilevel degenerative disk disease which is further detailed below. Vertebral body heights are well-maintained. there is mild disk space narrowing at C5-6 and C6-7. Bone marrow signal is unremarkable. No abnormal signals noted in the spinal cord.
C2-3: There is no disk herniation, central spine stenosis or neuroforaminal narrowing noted.
C3-4: There is mild diffuse disk osteophyte complex with minimal narrowing of the neural foramina bilaterally but no central spinal stenosis.
C4-5: There is minimal diffuse disk osteophyte complex which is slightly asymmetric to the right resulting in mild narrowing of the right neural foramen. There is no foraminal narrowing on the left. There is no central spinal stenosis.
C5-6: There is moderate diffuse osteophyte complex with severe bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing. There is a superimposed right paracentral focal disk protrusion. The protrusion does impress upon the ventral surface of the spinal cord resulting in borderline spinal stenosis. There is, however, no significant cord compression.
C6-7: There is moderate diffuse disk osteophyte complex which results in moderate to several bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing. There is no central spinal stenosis.
IMPRESSION: 1. MULTILEVEL DEGENERATIVE DISK DISEASE. FINDINGS ARE MOST SEVERE AT C5-6 AND AT C6-7 WHERE THERE IS MODERATE TO SEVERE NEUROFORAMINAL NARROWING. 2. SUPERIMPOSED RIGHT PARACENTRAL DISK PROTRUSION AT C5-6 RESULTS IN BORDERLINE CENTRAL SPINAL STENOSIS WITH NO CORD COMPRESSION
THORACIC SPINE FINDINGS: Multiplanar imaging of the thoracic spine was performed. Sagittal images reveal mild to moderate compression deformity of the T4 vertebral body with approximately 30% loss of vertebral body height anteriorly. Fat saturated images reveal no significant edema within this vertebral body, and this is likely a chronic finding. Remaining vertebral body heights are well-maintained. Mild multilevel degenerative disk disease is noted with multiple small disk bulges at several levels in the mid thoracic spine. There is also disk space narrowing at multiple levels. There is no significant central spinal stenosis or neuroforaminal narrowing. No abnormal signal is noted in the spinal cord.
IMPRESSIONS: 1. MILD TO MODERATE CHRONIC APPEARING COMPRESSION DEFORMITY OF THE T4 VERTEBRAL BODY. 2. MILD TO MODERATE MULTILEVEL DEGENERATIVE DISK DISEASE.