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Doctor insights on: Mild Spinal Cord Flattening To The Left With Stenosis

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Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more


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My MRI says "spinal cord contact". Does it cause pain if an osteophyte or a disc touches the spinal cord with mild spinal canal stenosis? Thank you.

My MRI says "spinal cord contact". Does it cause pain if an osteophyte or a disc touches the spinal cord with mild spinal canal stenosis? Thank you.

Depends: An osteophyte touching the spine shouldn't cause pain. What we worry about is when an osteophyte or protruding disk actually compresses the spinal cord/canal which should be seen on the MRI. ...Read more

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MRIreadsC3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? Indention on spinal cord. Could this cause left leg weakness from the hips down

MRIreadsC3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? Indention on spinal cord. Could this cause left leg weakness from the hips down

Potentially: If spinal cord becomes severe enough, it can start to affect the legs, although there are other potential causes. Either way, I would be seen in follow up immediately. ...Read more

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I have disc hernation @ t7-t8 with flattening of the left ventricle spinal cord, disc protrusions and spondylolisthesis from L4-S1 resulting in bi lateral stenosis but more on left. Paresthesias on left leg and tingling in hot weather why NORMAL EMG?

I have disc hernation @ t7-t8 with flattening of the left ventricle spinal cord, disc protrusions and spondylolisthesis from L4-S1 resulting in bi lateral stenosis but more on left. Paresthesias on left leg and tingling in hot weather why NORMAL EMG?

The EMG/NCS: Test is a very unreliable (and UNCOMFORTABLE) diagnostic test in the diagnosis of lower extremity symptoms due to spinal cord/disc abnormalities.
It can be normal when imaging shows herniated discs!!
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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Tingling in left heel after hot shower/hot weather. Brain/spine mri shows hernation at t7-t8 with flattening of the left ventricle spinal cord, disc protrusions and spondylolisthesis from L4-S1 causing stenosis. Why do I have the heat sensitivity?

Tingling in left heel after hot shower/hot weather. Brain/spine mri shows hernation at t7-t8 with flattening of the left ventricle spinal cord, disc protrusions and spondylolisthesis from L4-S1 causing stenosis. Why do I have the heat sensitivity?

Need Neuro exam.: You should see a Neurologist with a copy of the report & (ideally) pictures of the MRI that you underwent. Only a Neurologist can accurately tell you if / why you have heat sensitivity. Usually, heat sensitivity means loss of the ability to tell the difference between hot & cold. The spinal MRI may be misleading. Poor circulation, neuromas, diabetes, & other conditions predispose feet to tingling. ...Read more

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MRIreadsC3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? Indention on spinal cord. Is there Risk with riding thrill rides at the fair or theme parks?

MRIreadsC3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? Indention on spinal cord. Is there Risk with riding thrill rides at the fair or theme parks?

Yes! Big risk!: Those thrill rides will throw your head around, as your head is not really secured in the rides. This can cause either acute swelling of the herniated disc, or even a new herniation in a vulnerable cervical spine, which could result in either worsened radicular symptoms or even paralysis if it goes to far. You should not to go on these rides. Too risky! ...Read more

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Is spinal cord stenosis treatable?

Yes: Treatable yes....Curable possibly. See a spine orthopedist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between spinal cord compression & spinal stenosis? Can you have one without the either?

Spinal stenosis is: An abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal, usually due to degenerative arthritic. Since the cord runs through the canal, spinal stenosis can cause compression of the cord. But, anything that can press on the cord can cause cord compression, for example, tumor, disc herniation, displaced fracture, hematoma, and instability can also cause cord compression. You don't need stenosis to have compression ...Read more

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MRIreadsC3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? Indention on spinal cord. I have Chronic cough and sometimes breathin prob could this b why

This is serious: Cervical spinal cord compression like you Have can cause respiratory emergency. So do not wait around, get checked by a Neurologist or a neurosurgeon right away. In the meantime buy a Cervical (Neck) collar to keep your neck well supported from any severe jerking motion. Good luck ...Read more

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MRI results C3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? And indention on spinal cord. I have a appt end of March is this to long to wait?

MRI results C3-4 disc herniation stenosis with ap of 0.7cm? And indention on spinal cord. I have a appt end of March is this to long to wait?

Ideally you should: Be seen ASAP due to the disc herniation, especially if you are having symptoms. I suggest a spinal expert orthopedic surgeon and you may want to call your local community hospital referral service. You will need examination, evaluation, diagnosis, PT and medication. 2 months seems too long! ...Read more

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Had an MRI and don't understand results. "large posterior disk extrusion contacting the anterior spinal cord and causing severe spinal canal stenosis.

Had an MRI and don't understand results. "large posterior disk extrusion contacting the anterior spinal cord and causing severe spinal canal stenosis.

Spinal Stenosis: Did a doctor explain to you the results or did you just obtain a copy? In general you have a protruding disc (not sure if neck or back) that is impinging on the spinal canal and resulting in narrowing of the canal. I would imagine you are having pain, weakness, numbness? ...Read more

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Need help interpeting my husbands MRI results disc protrusion with stenosis c4-c5above fusion increased signal enhancing expansile spinal cord c5-c5 and minimal extra medullary intradural/dural enhanc?

Need help interpeting my husbands MRI results disc protrusion with stenosis c4-c5above fusion increased signal enhancing expansile spinal cord c5-c5 and minimal extra medullary intradural/dural enhanc?

Need intervention: You detail an issue with the cervical spinal canal and spinal cord, and one might wonder as to whether there is ongoing spinal cord compression, but the outer enhancement may represent an area of arachnoiditis or scarring. Based on description cannot easily exclude area of infection or even epidural arteriovenous malformation, but location is atypical. Seek experienced neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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An MRI report shows no central cervical spinal canal stenosis but does show a right sided foraminal narrowing. Any impingement on the spinal cord?

An MRI report shows no central cervical spinal canal stenosis but does show a right sided foraminal narrowing. Any impingement on the spinal cord?

Puzzled: If there were impingement on the spinal cord, the report would say so. Presumably you didn't just wander into an MR center & make an impulse purchase. The MRI was ordered by a Dr who took a history & did physical. It's Dr's responsibility to review test results with you or if he can't, to find someone who can. You have a right to an explanation in terms you understand. ...Read more

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My MRI shows focal myelomalacia involving the cervical cord at C5-C6. Severe spinal cord stenosis at C3-C4. Subtle cortical edema inferior to the sten?

My MRI shows focal myelomalacia involving the cervical cord at C5-C6. Severe spinal cord stenosis at C3-C4. Subtle cortical edema inferior to the sten?

Cervical cord injury: Your spinal cord is being squeezed probably but not for certain by a disc rupture or boney overgrowth. I f no symptoms I expect you soon will. Surgery is very probable. See a neurosurgeon or orthopedist urgently. ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for lumbar stenosis with bulging discs at l4/l5 and l3/l4 with spinal cord effacement and bilateral facet joint hypertrophy.

What is the prognosis for lumbar stenosis with bulging discs at l4/l5 and l3/l4 with spinal cord effacement and bilateral facet joint hypertrophy.

Mixed: Facet hypertrophy is a common change as people age; the amount of joint enlargement is more important than the fact that it is present. Stenosis is an issue if it is symptomatic. Weight control and exercise can help. Surgery can help in cases that don't respond to other treatment. The spinal cord usually ends at l1-2, so if it truly goes down to l5, there are other issues that need to be addressed. ...Read more

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Myelogram shows 3mm spinal cord compression with flattening of the ventral surface. Can this cause R arm pain, headaches & constant dizziness?

Myelogram shows 3mm spinal cord compression with flattening of the ventral surface. Can this cause R arm pain, headaches & constant dizziness?

Yes: Hello. Your findings can be the cause of your complaints. To assess further, I would recommend a full consultation. If interested we can set up a time to fully address your concerns. ...Read more

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Almost constant twitching in left calf and some in right. I have mild lumbar scoliosis with hypertrophy and spinal stenosis. Could this cause this?

Twitching: How long has this been going on? It may be ok. It is a common symptom.

Twitching could be caused by some changes in your back, in particular if there are changes around S1, which is a common site for stenosis.

What is more important- are the calves strong? Do they seem like a normal size? If you can stand up on your toes/balls of your feet, it may be ok. ...Read more

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Started 11/16 Mri results, surgery bound? Multilevel cervical spondylosis with a mild to moderate central spinal canal stenosis at C4-5 with multilevel variable foraminal stenoses, moderate on the left at C5-6 & C6-7. I have done PT, Chiro, 3 inj.

Started 11/16 Mri results, surgery bound? Multilevel cervical spondylosis with a mild to moderate central spinal canal stenosis at C4-5 with multilevel variable foraminal stenoses, moderate on the left at C5-6 & C6-7. I have done PT, Chiro, 3 inj.

Possibly: You are describing MRI findings, but really the key is to know the specific symptoms you are having and then pin point the source for them. For example, if it was felt that your pain was related to a facet joint, radio frequency ablation could still potentially be a good non surgical option for you. Discuss the specifics of your case with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have CRPS (mild, part-controlled by meds, physio) left foot. PM doctor suggests spinal cord stimulator. Sounds scary- is it necessary for my CRPS?

I have CRPS (mild, part-controlled by meds, physio) left foot. PM doctor suggests spinal cord stimulator. Sounds scary- is it necessary for my CRPS?

Low complications: The trial has a low complication rate1 week trial will tell you if it helps you uniquely. Implantation follows trial ...Read more

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What does multilevel right and left moderate neuroforaminal narrowing mean? And what does moderate spinal stenosis mean?

"Pinched nerve": Stenosis is the medical term for narrowing. Spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal that transmits the nerves, including the neural foramen. Symptoms of spinal stenosis can include back and buttock pain that is worse with prolonged standing or walking. Patients with spinal stenosis will sometimes lean forward or onto a shopping cart when they walk. Be seen, many good options. ...Read more

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I've had many tests down. Burning left upper back. No one knows what happening, going another test thoracic spinal stenosis.. What could it be?

I've had many tests down. Burning left upper back. No one knows what happening, going another test thoracic spinal stenosis.. What could it be?

Hard to say: Certainly hard to say without benefit of your records. A thoracic radiculopathy can cause upper back burning, as can a peri scapular problem such as a sub scapular bursitis, or something deeper inside such as a lung, stomach, or pancreas problem for the left side. A real detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. ...Read more

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I was told I had spinal stenosis, but my pain is in my left armpit and side of my left breast, not my leg?

Stenosis: Stenosis can occur at any level of the spinal cord. The symptoms produced depend upon the level of the stenosis from the bottom to the top of the spine and can basically involve any area of the body. Stenosis can be demonstrated by correlation of symptoms, a good imaging study, clinical exam and electrodiagnostic testing. ...Read more

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I have large left posterolateral disc herniation at l4-5 extending inferiorly and compressing on left l5, moderate central spinal stenosis. Help?

I have large left posterolateral disc herniation at l4-5 extending inferiorly and compressing on left l5, moderate central spinal stenosis. Help?

Surgery is an option: If you have failed conservative treatment by 6-8 weeks than surgery is an option. Excruciating sciatic type pain from this type of herniation would be well treated with surgical intervention if you cannot tolerate your symptoms. As always, surgery as a last resort. See you orthopedic spinal specialist. ...Read more

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Does Broad based diffused disc osteopyte complex of c5-6 w/o spinal or foraminal stenosis w/ mild effacement of the ventral CSF cause severe pain?

Does Broad based diffused disc osteopyte complex of c5-6 w/o spinal or foraminal stenosis w/ mild effacement of the ventral CSF cause severe pain?

Depends: Everyone is different. Many people have radiologic findings of severe spinal stenosis without symptoms and vice versa-so there's not so much of a correlation between back pain and radiologic findings. ...Read more

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Can mild to moderate cervical spinal stenosis cause my muscles to ache anywhere in my back from time to time?

Can mild to moderate cervical spinal stenosis cause my muscles to ache anywhere in my back from time to time?

Yes: Yes, by potentially causing spasms in the paraspinal muscles; can cause headaches as well. Consider being seen as there are many good treatment options. ...Read more

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Have pain in left groin &hip aggravated by sitting. Have spinal stenosis severe in L4'L5. Started 20 days ago after long car ride. Can back cause?

Yes: Yes sitting long periods of time can inflame a lumbar region that as severe spinal stenosis. The pain in your hip and groin can be from aggravated nerve roots. You can try McKenzie Back exercises. If it doesn't resolve, then seek medical evaluation. Back pain that causes numbness around rectum, foot immobility or bladder incontinence needs immediate attention. ...Read more

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Stenosis (Definition)

Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small ...Read more