Hello, I am 28yrs old and have had pain in my neck for years. I was a very active athlete in high school and went on to pitch for my softball team in college and for the last 5 years I have been competitively playing volleyball. Every so often I would go to pass the volleyball and I would receive a "shocking" feeling that would radiate from my neck to my finger tips. It would only last a couple minutes and then I would continue to play. I have always had issues with my neck, from stiffness to pains in my shoulders, and lately tingling and numbness through my arms to my thumbs/fingers. I went to a Chiropractor which after 2 months my symptoms seemed to get worst. My Chiro ordered me to get a MRI and here are the results:
Mildly increased signal noted in the cervical spinal cord at the C5 through the C6-C7 levels. The spinal canal diameter is narrowed down to approximately 5mm at the C5-6 level due to disc bulging discussed below. There is also narrowing of the spinal canal down to approximately 7-8mm at the C4-% and C6-7 levels. The increased signal in the spinal cord as discussed earlier is the most consistent with mild myelomalacia.
At the C4-5 level there is central and left paracentral disc bulging. The left paracentral disc bulging is approximately 5mm. This results in moderate left-sided neuroforaminal narrowing.
At the C5-C6 level there is a disc bulge of approximately 5mm centrally and towards the left paracentral aspect. This results in encroachment upon the anterior thecal sac and to a mild degree the spinal cord itself.
At the C6-C7 level there is mild central disc bulging of approximately 1-2 mm.
Significant disc bulging at the C4-5 and C5-6 levels as discussed above. There is narrowing of the spinal canal at these levels which results in encroachment upon the spinal cord. This results in mild myelomalacia of the spinal cord at this level.
I see a neurosurgeon on Tuesday and I am wondering what I should be asking and what I can expect. Any advise would be wonderful. I am so scared that they are going to say I need surgery or I have to become inactive.