This is my second post at spine health pain forums. I have moderate to severe foraminal stenosis at three defferent levels in my cervical spine. I also have spondylosis in the mix. Large osteophytes all over the place to. My pain starts out sharp in back of my neck then goes down into my shoulder blades. From there it goes into my shoulders and down both arms. The pain in my arms is a numbing tingling sensation that leaves my muscles weak. I have trouble with fine finger coordination. The pain in my neck is worse than the arms. I dont have severe pain all the time. Sometimes it is dull. Its an up and down cycle for me. One moment light pain then two hours later heavy duty pain.
I have gone to primary care dr. and they just give me relafen or naproxen. They act as if giving me anything more potent will turn me into an addict. I understand people have abused drugs but this is rediculas. I am also an established patient. They look at my mri and say yes you have quote: significant arthritis and other issues but because you dont have a herniated disc you cant have that kind of pain. I do finally have an appointment with pain management and nerve conduction studies. This is my doing as primary care just drags their feet. I have done enough research after going to hospital and getting my mri report that I know I have nerve impingement problems. The nurse that called me said I just had arthritis and didnt mention spinal stenosis at all. I only found out after I got the mri report myself. Anyway I would appreciate any advice from forum members. I just feel having to battle dr's as well as the pain is not fun.
Thanks for listening