cinfullangel the foraminal
opening is the
opening in the vertebra where the nerve root from the spinal cord is coming out of. It is saying that the disc protrusion at C5-6 is causing severe narrowing of that
opening thus impinging upon that nerve root coming out through that
opening. In other words that disc protrusion is pressing into that
opening thus putting pressure on that nerve root. It is also saying that the disc is protruding enough that it is causing the spinal to be mildly deformed. In other words it is pressing against your spinal cord and causing it to bend a little! Which is not good! Also that narrowing of the foraminal
opening is what is probably causing your arm and hand pain because it is pressing on that nerve root.
Please Please Please be careful till you see your neurosurgeon. Just don't do anything that will put a strain or pressure on your neck.
Please keep us informed on how you are doing.
Moderator Chronic Pain
I retired from the USAF, in Sept, 1991. I went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, I worked on Oncology and Med Surg , I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002! Diagnosed with: DDD, herniated Disk at T12, L3/4; C3/4 Posterior Articular Joint fusion Nov 2010; C5/6 ACDF Sep 2009; C6/7 ACDF Mar 1985; Ulcerative colitis; Chronic Pain; Complex Sleep Apnea; and host of other things! I am White Beard with a White Beard!
Post Edited (White Beard) : 3/27/2014 9:12:30 AM (GMT-6)