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What does disc degeneration at C3-C4 and C5-C6 with stenosis of spinal canal mean?

I am a 23 y/o female. I have had multipul sever trama too my neck and head while growing up. I suffer from tension headaches. 9 months ago i started to loose my sense in my hand and feet. Deep throbing pain. certain movments are worse. any thing you could tell me about my mri results? I live in guam and the doctors here cant figure it out. mild disc space narrowing with disc degeneration at C3-C4, c4-c5, and c5-c6. mild posterior disc bulge and bilateral uncovertabral hypertrophy resulting in stenosis of the central spinal canal and bilateral mild non-impinging neural foraminal stenosis.
Thu, 26 Sep 2019
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Hello,

Your results of the neck suggest a mild to moderate degree of osteoarthritic change which seem a bit out of proportion to the complaints you're having.

I would suggest that an EMG/NCV (electrical study) be performed on neck and affected to limbs to determine whether there are any conduction blocks. I would also get bloodwork done looking for Vit. B12, folate, TSH, FT4, and Vit. D levels which could show a metabolic cause to your symptoms.

It does not appear from the MRI that there are any PINCHED NERVES to worry about but the EMG/NCV studies may show something else.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Dariush Saghafi, Neurologist
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