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   Posted 5/22/2008 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm new to this kind of thing, but I'm desperate to find some info. I have results from an MRI I had done following an accident. It says that at the C7/T1 level, a left paracentral protrusion with anterior effacement of the thecal sac was noted. Can someone tell me what that means?

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   Posted 5/22/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dixiecrystal

I unfortunitly cant help you much with the MRI, but wanted to welcome you to the forum. You'll find that everyone here is very knowlegable and supportive so I'm sure someone wil be along soon who knows about these such things.


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   Posted 5/22/2008 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Dixie, and welcome.

I can't help you much with the MRI either. We're not doctors here, but can offer support, as Freya said. You may trying going to some credible websites such as that affiliated with Cleveland Clinic, or search the Healing Well resource directory. The best thing, though, would be to sit down with your doctor and have him/her explain what the MRI shows in language you can understand. Spines are so compilcated. And remember there can be things that show up on an MRI but if they're not causing symptoms they're not problematic.

Talk with your doctor. Make a list of your questions when you go on. I know my surgeon went over the MRI with me right in his office and showed me what he was going to do.

Take care,

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   Posted 5/23/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dixie,

And welcome to Healing Well! I agree with what was said above...the doctor really does need to explain what this means in YOUR case. I will tell you that the thecal sac is the area that encloses your spinal cord. Think of it like a garden hose. The water running inside is your spinal cord and the hose itself is the thecal sac. This area also protects the nerve roots. But only your doc can tell you what is going on in that area.

Hope you find your answer soon,
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