Greetings Kristen.The radiologist did not report about the cyst as the original ordering of the MRI was for the lumbar region (not the thoracic region as the cyst is at T10, which may be considered as incidental finding, if not causing any symptoms). Since your pain correlates to the cyst position, this will be now incorporated in the report. The specialist to consult would be a neurosurgeon / spinal surgeon for the T10 cyst. The cyst can be removed by a surgical procedure which will relieve the pressure on the nerve and your LLQ pain.The L5-S1 changes are age related changes and are called degenerative changes. These are not significant and would be seen in almost 60-70% of people in your age group. If you have backache; physical therapy would be advised. Please feel free for your follow up questions.
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Thank you. So since the MRI was of the lumbar region and the finding was in the T10 disc, it was not reported? I have had terrible LLQ pain since mid-May. I've seen so many doctors about it. At times it feels very superficial, and when I went to PT, the heating pad felt terrible. For those reasons the doctors told me I must have nerve damage. I was diagnosed with an abdominal-wall neuroma. Then an ultrasound in August showed the small femoral hernia. It's been a very emotionally challenging time, because my youngest child is only 5. I've had constant pain of a varying nature since May. The pain clinic doctor told me Wednesday the cyst was at T10 and completely explains the pain in my LLQ area.
How dangerous are spinal cysts? Why do they form? My MRI did not use a contrast agent. Should I have it repeated with a contrast so that the doctors can be sure what they saw is truly a cyst? I have a bleeding disorder (HHT) and was worried what appeared to be a cyst was a small bleeding telangiectasia.
Also, since late May I have had chest and mid-back tightness on and off. I thought maybe it was anxiety, but it's gotten much tighter in the past month. At times I feel dizzy. My physical therapist said yesterday it's probably from the cyst since she told me the T10 disk is exactly where I pointed to the tightness. Is the tightness from the cyst pressing on the nerve? The pain clinic dr told me Weds. that the cyst was pressing on the nerve.
What are major complications of spinal/thoracic cysts? Thank you so much!