I've been having such severe pain in my neck, upper back, and arms. My MRI says I have spinal cord compression at c4-c5 but none of the doctors I have seen seem to think it's a big deal. I don't know what to do. I'm not getting better. I'm only 18 and I can't even go to college right now because of how much pain I'm in. And I had to be homeschooled the last 2 months of my senior year as well because of this.
I feel like I am having symptoms of myelopathy. I drop things all the time and I'm constantly bumping into things. I have so many bruises from how many times I bump into things. My arms feel stiff and heavy and my finger and hand movements feel spastic and jerky. My legs are even starting to feel this way now.
I am scared and don't know what to do. I've only seen one spine surgeon and he basically brushed me off. My neck muscles are beyond tight. The muscles on the right side of my neck spasm when I move into certain positions. I feel like I am having upper motor neuron problems like spasticity, hyperreflexes, and hyperactive stretch reflexes.
I am sorry to vent like this but don't know where to turn. I don't know what doctor to see that will take me seriously even though I'm young. Anyone who has been diagnosed with myelopathy from spinal cord compression, what were your symptoms and did you have surgery? If so, how long did you have symptoms before surgery?
I know I have started posts numerous times, but I feel like my life is on hold until I can get treatment for this pain. Anyone who can offer any information or suggestions, it is greatly appreciated. -Theresa