I've recently been through an ALIF on my L4/L5 and then in Dec. last year had to have revision PLIF on L3/L5 with 6 screws. Was at home for 9 weeks. Upon returning to work and my usual routine, my neck has been killing me...shoulders, arms really really sore. I'm a programmer so I sit 8 hours a day and have an hour drive to and from work. While I was part time, it wasn't so bad, but now at full time, I'm hurting pretty bad and am back to taking the muscle relaxers and Lortab 7.5's again.
I went back to my NS and he gave me a prednisone pack and said I had muscle strain. That worked while I was taking it for the 6 days. Now two weeks later, I've went to a chiropractor. I know alot of people don't believe in them, but I thought he might help with the muscle knots and pain. After seeing my xrays yesterday, I'm bone on bone at the C5/C6 level at the front and it was bright white, like it's trying to fuse. There's a little space towards the back where the facets are. I also had two long bone spurs coming from the middle of C5 and C6 (xrays were from the side view). He thinks he can align me better and relieve some of the pain. Right at the base of my skull, my C1 was right next to the skull, no space there at all. Maybe there isn't supposed to be much anyway?
I'm not showing any weakness or numbness yet in my hands or arms, only pain. My hands do go sleep sometimes at night, but not every night. I am having massive headaches and my neck is so uncomfortable I can hardly concentrate. Feels like my shoulders and the blades are knotted and won't release. I'm miserable at work.
My question is should I let the chiropractor try his thumper and do adjustments or should I just insist my NS do an MRI before I go any further. The chiro guy didn't seem like a quack, but said I wasn't a candidate for surgery. I was thinking bone on bone wasn't good and probably needed a fusion??? I don't want to have any surgery right away, but I also don't want to end up paralyzed or have more problems caused from the chiro deal. Am I being too worrywart over this?