Patient: I received MRI reports that list the following conditions:C1-2 Minimal hypertrophic changesC2-3 Disc bulge and posterior osseous ridging contribute to minimal narrowing of the right neural foramen.C3-4 Disc bulge and posterior osseous ridging contribute to minimal narrowing of the central canal and right neural foramen.C4-5 Disc bulge and posterior osseous ridging combine with uncovertebral spurring to cause mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.C6-7 Disc bulge and posterior osseous ridging combine with uncovertebral spurring to cause mild to moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.C6-7 disc bulge and posterior osseous ridging combine with uncovertebral spurring to cause severe bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.Thoracic Spine- Minimal degenerative loss of disc signal and disc space height. There are cystic structures in several neural foramina, most likely representing nerve root sheath diverticula.L3-4 Minimal disc bulgeL4-5 Minimal disc bulgeL5-S1 Minimal disc bulgeVertebral Column: There is straightening of the normal lumbar lordosis. There is minimal retrolisthesis of L4 on L5.The doctor that ordered these reports tells me that there is nothing wrong with me that the average person in my age group doesn’t suffer from. I don’t feel like there is nothing wrong. I can use google to interpret these findings, but in practical terms, what does this mean to my ability to function? I’m pretty sure these injuries are not going to heal themselves. Does this report warrant a second opinion? What type of doctor should I seek to best address these issues?
Symptoms: Arms and hands: Numbness, Tingling, Weakness
Neck: Chronic muscle spasms, sharp radiating pain occasionally (dependent on physical activity usually) , permanent dull cramping pain
Middle back: Muscle spasms, occasional sharp pain
Lower back: Sharp knifing pain, usually dependent on activity. Sciatic pain when sitting or sleeping.
I have strange symptoms when my neck is inflamed. It feels like a shock type buzzing sensation throughout my body when I turn my head, accompanied with flashing pinpoints of light in my vision.
I have problems with inability to control my bladder or bowels on random occasions. I can never predict this problems. I normally have superb muscle tone, so this problem is alarmingly perplexing.
Doctor: HelloThank you for posting your query on ATD.I have gone through your query and understand your concern. You are h aving (spondylosis) degenerative changes throughout your spine which are age related.You are likely to be benefitted by glucosamine. You can take analgesic such as ibuprofen for pain relief. You may take strong analgesic such as tramadol after consulting your doctor. Mecobalamin will reduce radiating pain and neurogenic pain by stabilise nerves. You are advised to consult Orthopedic surgeon (Orthopedic Surgeon)for it. He will deal with the problem. Hope your query get answered.have any further query, please ask me.Stay healthy.Wishing you a good health.Take care.