Hi. I am new to this forum and web-site and am looking for some advice. Last May I began having neck pain which radiated down my left arm accompanied with numbness and tingling. My doctor diagnosed me with a herniated disc in my C-spine, by my H&P. I went to physical therapy, used the NSAIDS, rest and Ice. My symptoms for the most part resolved themselves. In December the pain started again, but worse. My co-workers noticed that after several weeks of trying the previous recommendations that I still wasn't improving, in fact things where getting worse to the point that I wasn't able to sleep at night due to the pain. I went down to the E.R. and the M.D. got me right in for an MRI. Upon reading the results, he insisted that surgery was my only option. They are as follows:
"at C5-6,there is left paracentral and foraminal large disk protrusion superimposed on mild diffuse disk bulge which contacts and deforms the left hemicord causing moderate central canal stenosis and moderate to advanced left neural foraminal stenosis. There is mild narrowing of right neural foramina due to mild disk bulge and uncovertebral joint arthropathy." There is straightening of cervical lordosis with disc space and narrowing and disc desiccation at C5-6. There is also a type II Modic endplate changes at the anterior/inferior aspect of C5. C6-7,there is mild right uncovertebral joint arthropathy causing mild narrowing of the right neuroforamina.
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When I went to the Ortho. for appointment they said I was to young for surgery. Started me on Baclofen and Percocet and Medrol Dose pack. I haven't gotten any relief from the pain. I believe a second opinion is needed.