I just had a cervical MRI for numbness/pain in shoulder, head, neck and arms with dull headaches being a more common thing these days. I also have some weakness in my arms and hands.
After getting my results, I have read that some issues with upper cervical spine C2 - C3 can effect your hearing. I was surprised reading that because my hearing has been getting bad for a while now but the past 6 months it seems to have really sped up with the loss - i was even researching ENTs in the area for testing the week prior. I also have an occasional "clicking/ticking" sound that happens makes me think of Morse code. I never put the issues together.
My MRI results are below. My Pain Mgmt sent me for the MRI test I am planning on seeing a neuro doctor or ortho-spine specialist.
I also read that a C2/C3 disc herniation is extremely rare..... is this true? I can't seem to find much on it so it seems to be.
MRI - Examination demonstrates slight reversal of the normal cervical lordosis. No evidence of fracture, dislocation, or bone destruction. The facet joints demonstrate mortal alignment.
C 2-3 level, a central subligamentous disc herniation is noted with thecal sac compression
C 3-4 level, annular bulging is noted with thecal sac compression
C 4-5 level, and disc osteophyte complex is noted superimposed upon annular bulging with thecal sac compression
C 5-6 level, and disc osteophyte complex is noted superimposed upon annular bulging with thecal sac compression and right foraminal stenosis
C 6-7 level, and central subligamentous disc herniation is noted with thecal sac compression