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Degenerative Disc Disease

09/28/2005

Question:

What sympthoms should one experience with the following MRI reading ? `Minimal degenerative retrolisthesis of c6 on c7, normal signal in the cord and bones. C4 and C4-5 with slight facet degeneration but no significant stenosis seen. A slight right neural foramen stenosis at C4-5. C5-6 with mild to moderate Disc degeneration as before, some anterior and posterior endplate spur, slight thickening of ligamentum flavum. Moderate canal stenosis, mild foramen stenosis, cord slightly flattened. At C6-7, similar disc degeneration, minimal retrolisrhesis, a slightly greater degree of moderate stenosis with the subarachnoid space largely effaced, again, a subtle distotion of the cord, mild foramen narrowing. C7-T1 through T4-5 unremarkable. Impression: 1)Moderate central stenosis of c5-6 and c6-7 levels, some mild to moderate cronic disc degeneration at these levels look similar to 2/2001 2) very mild facet degeneration, several levels of mild foramen stenosis. Can you see this in any way causing or triggering Migraines?

Answer:

It sounds as if you are asking for an expert diagnosis.  Only your treating physician, who knows your health history, should be advising you on this. 

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Response by:

Anthony Guanciale, MD
Associate Professor and Director, Division of Spine Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati