I am really glad to have found this site and take great comfort in knowing I am not the only one suffering with this affliction.
I have been suffering with neck pain for over 20 years now but 10 weeks ago I had my worst bout ever. I decided to go and get to the bottom of it this time. After mis-diagnosis from GP's as shoulder musculoskelatel and wrong x-rays of the shoulder, I eventually got an appointment with a back specialist at hospital in London.
The specialist suspected Radiculpathy left C5/C6, Pins and needles down most aspect of left arm, myotomes weak left C4-C6, Pain inhibition, reflexes diminished BJ and Brachiorad left question to be answered. I was immediately referred for an MRI of the Cervical Spine.
These are the MRI results:
There is movement artifact on several of the sequences. Alignment maintained but there is loss of the cervical lordosis.
There is a partial fusion of the posterior aspect of the bodies of C7 and T1. Degenerative disk disease is seen above this level.
At C5/C6 there is a broad disk osteophyte bar more prominent on the right but with narrowing of both exit formina again more prominent on the right. Canal dimensions are adequate.
At C6/C7 there is again a broad disk osteophyte bar with narrowing of both exit formina but adequate canal dimensions.
I have been undergoing Physiotherapy traction treatment twice a week now for 3 weeks with no change and I have had the symptoms of shooting pain in my left arm to my thumb which has now lost sensation for 10 weeks.
I am awaiting for my appointment now with the NS whilst continuing Physio can anyone please advise if this looks like surgery? and if so what type of surgery.
I have been taking Ibuprofen, Co Co-codomol, Diazepam, Tramodol, Paracetomol and omereznapol to date.
I have been suffering great fatigue and ongoing headaches throughout.
Thank you in advance for any advice or help.