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Doctor insights on: Bilateral Foraminal Narrowing At C5 C6

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What does Degenerative change,greatest at C5/C6 with moderate spinal canal and bilateral moderate to severe neural foraminal compromise mean?

What does Degenerative change,greatest at C5/C6 with moderate spinal canal and bilateral moderate to severe neural foraminal compromise mean?

Foraminal compromise: Implies the 6th cervical nerve root may be compressed ( leading to potential muscle weakness in the upper arm and or radicular pain down to the thumb or index finger ) Further information is needed ( exam findings ) to sort out the significance of both this and the central canal stenosis ( I would discuss this with your neurologist or neurosurgeon ) ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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C5 (Definition)

C5 refers to the fifth vertebra in the neck. The first vertebra is at the base of the skull, so the fifth is in the middle of the neck. Injuries to the spinal cord above this level impair the ...Read more


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Havin to wait 6-8mos to see ortho dr, isgood?I have severe spinal stenosis and moderate to severe bilateral stenosis neural forminal stenosis at c5-c6

Havin to wait 6-8mos to see ortho dr, isgood?I have severe spinal stenosis and moderate to severe bilateral stenosis  neural forminal stenosis at c5-c6

Call around : First, call the doctor that you have been referred to and request to be put on their cancellation list in case someone with an earlier appointment cancels. Secondly, that is a particularly long wait for a common problem. You may be able to call other spine surgeons in your area and get an earlier appointment. Check out spine-health.Com and healthgrades.Com to learn more. ...Read more

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There is left uncovertebral hypertrophy at c5-c6 causing mild to moderate left foraminal stenosis. What does the mean ?

There is left uncovertebral hypertrophy at c5-c6 causing mild to moderate left foraminal stenosis.  What does the mean ?

Spinal stenosis: This is a condition resulting from degenerative changes in the spine (for you, this would mean the neck). What actually happens is that the bone that protects the spinal cord becomes narrower. This causes pressure at different points on the spinal cord or nerve roots (causing numbness or other symptoms). Here's a great article which might help http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/spinal_stenosis/ ...Read more

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C3-c4c4-c5 left paracentral osteochondral bar indenting thecal sac no foraminal stenosis. c5-c6 central osteochondral bar indenting thecal sac. means?

C3-c4c4-c5 left paracentral osteochondral bar indenting thecal sac no foraminal stenosis. c5-c6 central osteochondral bar indenting thecal sac. means?

Spinal stenosis: That is another way to describe a condition known as spinal stenosis. One way to say it is that you have developed some bone spurs (oseochondral bars) that are narrowing (narrowing equals stenosis) the central part of the nerve canal but not the for amen. I would discuss your findings and treatment options with your doctor. ...Read more

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Right disc herniation c5-c6-right lateral stenosis severe right foraminal stenosis. Tried spinal decompression and trigger p. Injec.What else to try?

Right disc herniation c5-c6-right lateral stenosis severe right foraminal stenosis. Tried spinal decompression and trigger p. Injec.What else to try?

Most resolve with : Time but medication like oral steroids or nsaid's if no contraindications along with meds like Neurontin (gabapentin) may help along with wearing a soft cervical collar reversed when sleeping or reading. Cervical epidural injections are a consideration and if no better after 12 weeks of symptoms, surgery can be considered if symptoms warrant this intervention. ...Read more

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At c5-c6 small diffuse disc bulge, moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis secondary to facet disease?

At c5-c6 small diffuse disc bulge, moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis secondary to facet disease?

Question?: I am unsure what your specific question is. If these are the findings on a MRI/CT, the finding can be associated with cervical radiculopathy. The symptoms include pain in the lower neck, shoulder, arm, thumb and index finger. Treatments can range for medications, physical therapy, epidural injections to surgery. A spinal orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon can help decide on the best treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for "narrowing of the C5 & c6"vertebrae? ...Or at least relief?

Is there a cure for "narrowing of the C5 & c6"vertebrae? 
...Or at least relief?

Yes: Two kinds of treatment, one conservative by medications and physical therapy. If it failed you could go to surgical treatment which usually they the vertebrae together so it will move. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is c5/c6 prolapse with canal stenosis and bilateral radiculopathy?

C5-C6 disk prolapse: Prolapse at c5-c6 describes a protuberant or herniated nucleus pulposis of a disk. If it causes significant narrowing of the spinal canal it can cause spinal cord symptoms of weakness of the legs, spasticity, and bowel and bladder loss of control. The c6 nerve roots exit at this level through windows or neuroforamina. There may be weakness of the biceps and supinator. There can be pain or numbness. ...Read more

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What exactly does this MRI say? Broad shallow disc protrusion a C5-C6 causing mild narrowing of the central canal with slight effacement of the spinal

What exactly does this MRI say?
Broad shallow disc protrusion a C5-C6 causing mild narrowing of the central canal with slight effacement of the spinal

Disc protrusion.: Based upon the brief description, you have a disc which is spreading beyond its normal confines just a bit. This can be enough to cause pain in the center of your neck, but since it is described as mild, it is not likely to cause "shooting" pains down your arms, for instance. Follow your MDs advice for not making it worse. I can provide second opinions on MRI by Concierge Consultation, if you like ...Read more

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What is C3-C4 mild bilateral uncovertebral arthosis, C5-C6 bilateteral uncovertebral arthosis L1-L2 minor facet arthosis?

Spinal column joints: The uncovertebral joints occur between the uncinate process of the vertebra above and the uncus of the vertbra below in the cervical spinal column (C3-C7). The facet joints stabilize the spinal motion segment, protecting it from excessive anterior shear forces and flexion and rotation. Arthrosis in this context likely refers to mild "wear and tear" changes in the joints, probably from age. ...Read more

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What to do if I have broad based disc bulge C5 C6 C7 effacing CSF on the anterior spinal cord there is bilateral neurofora?

What to do if I have broad based disc bulge C5 C6 C7 effacing CSF on the anterior spinal cord there is bilateral neurofora?

Depends on symptoms: You are describing a radiographic finding. Many times, people have disc bulges and no symptoms, in which case nothing needs to be done. If you are having neck pain or arm pain or numbness/weakness of the arms, then treatment with therapy to reduce the disc bulge and relieve pressure on the nerve roots or medication for the symptoms may be indicated. ...Read more

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Can multiple surgeries under general anesthesia for radiofrequency on c2, c3, c4, c5, c6, bilateral affect my kidneyfunction? Recent blood high bun/crtn.

Can multiple surgeries under general anesthesia for radiofrequency on c2, c3, c4, c5, c6, bilateral affect my kidneyfunction? Recent blood high bun/crtn.

No.: Bun/cr are affected by a variety of factors - volume status, medications, etc but effects are not generally long lasting or even cumulative. If surgery/ anesthesia affected your kidney, your numbers would generally bounce back right away. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there's slight narrowing of c5-c6 intervertebral disc in cervical-spine xray result?

Mild arthritis: What u describe is mild arthritis, the key issue is if u have any radicular symptoms that is to say...Numbness in your hand or weakness then it needs to be checked. ...Read more

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23 year old female -bilateral hand numbness mri:cervical strain/torticoilis posterior disk bulges. C5-c6 (2 mm) and c6-c7 (1-2 mm) levels docs say di?

23 year old female -bilateral hand numbness
mri:cervical strain/torticoilis 
posterior disk bulges. C5-c6 (2 mm) and c6-c7 (1-2 mm) levels
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Numbness: Numbness in the hands may be caused from compression at several areas including the neck and carpal tunnel. A detailed exam with nerve study will help decide where the problem is located. Patients with compression of the nerve at both the carpal tunnel and the neck may benefit from carpal tunnel surgery first as it is most likely the primary cause as a recent article this month demonstrates. ...Read more

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