Should I be in so much pain due to thecal sac and cord flattening C4-6?
I'm new here, and have found really good information here. Any guidance would be so very appreciated. I have cervical dystonia, and am in extreme constant pain. My PM Dr. finally ordered a cervical MRI, but never explained the results when I asked - he still wants to try and get my muscles to stop spasming (its been over 15 years). My MRI results show:
*broad-based central and bilateral paracentral disc
protrusions with mild-mod. flattening of the thecal sac and cord at C3-4 thru C5-6. AP sac 9mm.
C6-7: Small bulge/spur. Mild right foraminal narrowing due touncinate spur.
I would like to know if these issues could be causing my neck/shoulder/arm pain, and also migraines? Is there anything I can do (exercises, PT) that could "un-flatten" my thecal sac and cord? I am in so much pain day and night that I spend all my energy trying to appear sane for my family.
I also have severe sciatica, a flattening of the sac and cord at L5, and I have been unable to move the toes on my left foot for six months.
Are these average issues for a 48 yr-old? I am so used to the "just live with it" attitude about my dystonia, that I no longer know if this is something I should act-on, or just accept as part of being older?
Thanks for listening to me vent! Lisa