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Narrowing of my cervical spinal canal at 31 years old. Is this normal?

Narrowing of my cervical spinal canal at 31 years old. Is this normal?

Not age related: The width of spinal canal is developmental and not acquired, usually less than 13 mm in an adult is considered narrow. Its importance is that one is more likely to develop symptoms with degenerative disease of the spinal column later in life. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...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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What causes spinal canal narrowing please? And could this be the cause of my sacroiliac area  back pain as well as burning in cervical area .

What causes spinal canal narrowing please? And could this be the cause of my sacroiliac area  back pain as well as burning in cervical area .

Many possibilities: There are several causes for si joint pain but spinal canal narrowing is not one of them. Narrowing of the spinal canal in the lumbar spine does not cause neck pain. In short, none of your symptoms seem to be due to canal narrowing. This doesn't mean they can't be treated. Both of these symptoms are eminately treatable. ...Read more

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Informed via lumbar MRI report that my spinal canal is congenitally stenotic. Is it safe to assume that my thoracic and cervical is too? TY

Informed via lumbar MRI report that my spinal canal is congenitally stenotic. Is it safe to assume that my thoracic and cervical is too? TY

Never assume: Your condition is one where your lumbar spinal canal is tight. That does not mean the rest of the spine is that way.If your doc thinks it worthwhile they can study those ares but without any physical findings they are unlikely to find a problem. ...Read more

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MRI shows multilevel cervical spondylosis throughout cervical spine most severe C4-5 & C5-6 resulting in complete effacement of CSF & moderate spinal canal stenosis; no abnormal cord signal. What does this mean & how dangerous is it?

MRI shows multilevel cervical spondylosis throughout cervical spine most severe C4-5 & C5-6 resulting in complete effacement of CSF & moderate spinal canal stenosis; no abnormal cord signal. What does this mean & how dangerous is it?

It means DDD disease: in Ur C-spine which is extending posterioly 2 push on the dura, the sack that encompasses the cord in fluid, far enough 2 indent this sack so there is no fluid visible between arthritic process & the cord. Cord signal is normal so the cord is not effected. The "stenosis" means the canal the cord passes through is narrowed moderately. It's rated as none, mild,moderate & severe ...Read more

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3 years ago patient collapsed d11 vertebral body along with small pre & para vertebral hematoma & adjacent spinal canal narrowing still have back pain?

3 years ago patient collapsed d11 vertebral body along with small pre & para vertebral hematoma & adjacent spinal canal narrowing still have back pain?

T11 Fracture: D11 (dorsal vertebra) is perfectly acceptable, but us docs are used to t11 (thoracic vertebra). 3 years after injury, i would guess several things are going on: 1) disc above the fracture was injured and is now degenerative and painful (narrow canal) 2) kummell's disease (nonhealing fracture) 3) the spine is imbalanced due to kyphosis 4) there is an unstable joint or ligament injury 5) other. ...Read more

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I am 17 year old with a 7 mm synovial cyst at right facets atl4-l5 outside the spinal canal. My baby brother had tethered cord /syringomyelia. Should i be concerned?

I am 17 year old with a 7 mm synovial cyst at right facets atl4-l5 outside the spinal canal. My baby brother had tethered cord /syringomyelia. Should i be concerned?

Likely unrelated: While it could be possible that there is a slight increase of spinal problems in your family over the general population a synovial cyst is not related to a tethered cord. As long as it is not causing compression of the nerve roots a synovial cyst can very well be watched but i would discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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