I had two MRIs in the last couple of weeks. First one I had in an open machine, but the radiologist said a closed machine would be better, so I sucked it up and had one in a closed machine. I only have the report from the open MRI. Everything has progressed from my last MRI of 18 months ago. Here's most of the report. I'm waiting on the report from the closed machine, which is supposed to reveal more, I'm told.
At C5-C6, there is a large disc osterophyte complex indenting the ventral thecal sac and deforming the spinal corld. There is severe spinal canal stenosis with moderate bilateral neuroforaminal narraowing. Disc Degenerative Disease.
The vertebral bodies are normal in alignment and marrow signal. The visualized portions of the posterior fossa are nomal. The intrinsic spinal cord signal is normal through all levels. Progressing spinal canal stenosis since the prior exam. Severe spinal canal stenonis at C5-C6 due to large disc osteophyte complex. Moderate spinal canal stenosis of C6-C7 due to similar degenerative changes.
I'm going to see a neurosurgeon. I went almost two years ago and was told I was not a candidate for surgery. I am a barely walking ball of pain. It's as if someone put a pain device in my body. Sorry for the drama, but it really feels as if I'm starring in a horror movie. I can't believe this pain. I take a lot of opiods. They're becoming less and less effective.
I also have fibro which started after this hell began three years ago. I'm starting to wonder if I even have fibro. The more I read up on the cervical spine, the more I realize how it can affect your entire body. My arms and legs are weak.
Has anybody had a similiar experience or is knowledgable about this? Does surgery ever lessen the pain? I'm a realist, and I have no unrealistic expectations. I appreciate all thoughts and advice.