MRI of the cervical spine is a reliable, painless soft tissue scan of the neck and cervical vertebrae. It is used in the diagnosis of cancers, disc herniation, aneurysms, soft tissue disorders, and bone abnormalities. It employs radio waves and a strong magnetic field to take accurate, 3D pictures of the area to be diagnosed.
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I had a sudden rib pain. Kindly interpret my MRI results and suggest a treatment.
Query: Hello doctor, If a patient has the following cervical spine MRI diagnosis, would they have any pain? If so, what pain might they experience? I have attached my reports for you to check. I had rib pain, and the onset was sudden, and it happened nine months ago. My doctor thought it could be from a st... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. I saw your reports (attachments are hidden to protect the patient's identity). You are doing the opposite. We usually correlate symptoms with MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) findings and not vice versa. The amount... Read Full »
My spinal MRI shows left inclined disc protrusion reducing the width of the anterior subarachnoid space. Is it serious, and what therapy is needed?
Query: Hello doctor, I have sagittal, transverse, and coronary MR sections in standard display techniques. In a series of sagittal, transverse, and coronary MR sections through the area of the cervical spinal canal, one can see the orderly height, shape, and structure of the displayed vertebral bodies. Str... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Well what you have sent is an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) report which alone has no value. Please tell me your symptoms which have to be correlated with the MRI. Also if you can send me films of the MRI, then it w... Read Full »
I have weakness and pain in the arm. Should I anticipate surgery?
Query: Hello doctor, I recently had an MRI on my neck. I have a 75 % weakness and pain in the left arm (tricep). I have taken Methylprednisolone for six days. Should I anticipate surgery? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry to hear this. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) report shows pressure on the nerves in the cervical spine (neck). These nerves eventually go to your upper limbs. Hence th... Read Full »
I am experiencing horrible pain in my neck and lower back region. Please suggest treatment based on my MRI report.
Query: Hi doctor, I am having symptoms that exist with the following. Muscles pull against each other in my neck and lower spine. I have tension running up my head from the neck and down my left arm. I have horrible pain in the flanks and sciatica down both legs and lower back. The doctor prescribed Gabap... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your cervical and lumbar spine MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) reports indicate chronic spine degeneration. There is no indication for surgery. I would not suggest taking Tramadol and Baclofen for a long time, as they can cause addictio... Read Full »
My arm has become stiff due to cervical spondylosis. How to get it treated?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 55 years old. I have been diagnosed with cervical spondylosis due to wear and tear on my dehydrated spinal discs. My pain is in my neck and arm. I have occasional fevers and night sweats. I am already using a cervical collar for a week now. I am using a hard collar during the day and... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your condition. Your symptoms match the diagnosis of cervical spondylosis. Unfortunately, along with neck pain and arm pain, you also seem to have developed weakness in your left arm due to pressure on your nerves in the neck. A physiotherapy is a ... Read Full »
I need an opinion regarding my neck x-ray.
Query: Hi doctor, I need an opinion regarding the x-rays of my neck. I met with two car accidents and have chronic neck pain and stiffness. What could be wrong? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I will recommend sending me a detailed history and clinical examination findings as well as I would like to recommend an MRI cervical spine. Flexion and extension views look normal ex... Read Full »
I suffer from neck cracking, nerve compression, and pain in the right arm. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I suffer from cracking neck and feeling nerve stinging or nerve compression from time to time. As I am close to healing, I injure myself. It has been going like this for about six months. I could not walk but could walk again without pain after taking the NSAID treatment. About a coupl... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your description, I can conclude that you intermittently have neck pain or stiffness, radiating pain in your arm and hand with tingling or pins, and needle sensation in your little and ring finger. Has it been diagnosed till now or not? I would like to know your... Read Full »
I have a tingling sensation in my inner arm. Is it something serious?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a tingling sensation without pain in the inner aspect of the arm on and off. Also, I have a tingling in the gluteal and lower back sometimes going to the feet. I have no other issues. I am awaiting a neurologist appointment. It is only on the left side. Is it serious? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. A tingling sensation in the limbs is due to nerve compression by age-related bone changes in the backbone (vertebrae). However, you seem to have it on two sites, one is the cervical spine and the second in the lumbosacral region. It is n... Read Full »
Please explain MRI taken for neck pain.
Query: Hi doctor, I have neck pain. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I could only view eight images from your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) cervical spine scan (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The pictures which you have sent do not show the spinal canal and the discs in detail. Please send all the MRI images which ar... Read Full »
Why do I have numbness in hand and legs?
Query: Hello doctor,My left foot got numb, then my left hand, and now my right leg as well. The doctor did diabetes, cholesterol, and thyroid tests. All the laboratory reports were clear. There were no issues. Vitamin B12 was fine as well. Then, he performed nerve conduction studies, and he told me that ev... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Considering your symptoms, I would recommend performing a brain MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) study to investigate possible multiple sclerosis. If the brain MRI results are normal, then you should consider anxiety as the main cause of your complaints. I would also... Read Full »