I had ACDF C5-6 on Aug 24, and have been having increasing pain in what feels like a different nerve root. Long story short my surgeon gave me the results of my MRI's of both my C and T spine when I was in the office last, he said all was normal. He implied that any pain I was having in a different was muscle pain, or not real, and just the nerves healing from the surgery. Basically he told me not to bother him again, and he would see me at my next post op visit. I decided to make an apt with a local neurologist, and just got a copy of my MRI's, the Thoracic MRI report is below, does anyone know what all this means? I am in a lot of pain, and as much as my neck is getting better with PT, other areas are hurting much more.
T2/T3 level. There is a broad posterior disk osteophyte complex. There is no significant central canal stenosis or contact with/deformity of the cord.
T3/T4 level. There is a broad posterior disk osteophyte complex. There is no significant central canal stenosis or cord contact.
T5/T6. There is a small sentral disk protrusion impressing upon the tecal sac, coming close to and possibly contacting the cord
T8/T9 There is a left central disk protrusion impressing upon the thecal sac, but not definitively contracting the cord or causing significant central canal stenosis.
Impression: Multilevel thoracic spondylosis as described. Small central disk protrusion impressing upon the thecal sac, coming close to and possibly contracting the cord at the T5/T6 level.
Thanks for any help you can be.