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    MRI Results - severity?
    warrior871 posted:
    Had an accident back in May - finally got a MRI and these are the results. The doctor seems to think these are severe, and indicate a lifetime of problems with few treatment options, and no non-surgical treatment options. All the phrases indicate "mild" or "minimal" so I'm not sure what to think.... I am 24 yrs old.

    mild 1.5mm protrusion at C4-C5, C5-C6.
    mild 1.5mm bulge at C6-C7
    minimal central canal stenosis C4-C5, C5-C6, C6-C7.
    mild ventral epidural defect at C4-C5, C5-C6, C6-C7. defect in c4-c5 is 5mm and most likely at the disc protrusion.
    partial loss T2 hyperintensity before arthoplasty present, C6-C7 discs in keeping with partial desiccation.

    I've left messages for my doctor and cannot get a response for further discussion.
    davedsel57 responded:

    You would be wise to get at least one other opinion from a spine specialist. Surgery should always be your last option after all non-invasive pain management methods have been explored. has a page that helps with interpreting MRI results here:

    Please read through the Tip at the top of this WebMD Back Pain Community that lists recommended steps for diagnosing and treating back pain. There is another Tip that lists links to websites having good spinal information. Do your research and arm yourself with the knowledge that will help you make wise decisions regarding your care.
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    CTBeth replied to davedsel57's response:
    Hi Dave,
    I would like to speak to you in a private message.
    Would you please email me @

    I thank you.
    davedsel57 replied to CTBeth's response:
    I'm sorry, but I prefer to keep my communications with other WebMD community members within WebMD communities.
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    CTBeth replied to davedsel57's response:
    Ok, sure.

    Not a big deal, but about prices for sleep number.

    I'm not sure if it is okay to talk price and say places to buy sleep number bed on the Web MD site.

    I hope you're having a comfortable weekend.
    davedsel57 replied to CTBeth's response:
    Sleep Number has a website that lists prices. I believe it is The best way to buy one is to go to the store and try them out.
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    Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to CTBeth's response:
    You're welcome to discuss bed prices here, and where you purchased them. You can even discuss what might not have worked for you bed-wise.

    We only ask that you do not talk about specific doctors/surgeons, no matter if the information is positive or neagtive. However, you can discuss a hospital or medical group. Just not an individual.

    Hope that helps!

    davedsel57 replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Hi, Byroney. Thank you very much, that does help.

    In light of this, I will share that our queen-sized Sleep Number bed with adjustable frame cost $3,600.00.

    I bought my dad a twin extra long with a regular frame and legs in June for his new apartment at the Assisted Living Facility and that was $1,300.00.

    These prices included delivery and set up.

    The Sleep Number website is

    The best thing first-time buyers can do is to go to a local Sleep Number store and try them out. It may or may not be the right bed for you or anyone wanting back pain relief. It has helped my wife and I very much.

    If you can get a letter or prescription from your doctor stating you need this bed to help with chronic pain relief due to your condition(s), you can claim the bed as a medical expense on your income tax.
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