I'm new to the forum and wanted to share my story. I've known since December 2005 that I had significant lower back degeneration. At that time I had the starting of neck degeneration. I believed what my new Chiropractor told me at that time. He believed he could prevent further degeneration. Fast forward to November of last year. At the 12 hour mark of a shift at work I noticed a most least numbness on the thumb side of my index finger. It took me two days to believe that it was real. 48 hours before the incident I noticed a mid-trapezius knot that turned into many knots throughout my right upper back (same side as my index ringer). The following week my Chiropractor did an X-ray and noted degeneration with posterior bone spurs. At that point my gut told me to stop messing around and goto my PCP. He was not there but his partner felt my Chiro was on point and that it would subside in a few weeks. The knots in my back and index mostly have subsided. Now I have tingling that specifically occurs at a computer. I have no tingling in my index finger, palm on thumb side, triceps occassionally, forearm and neck during PT. Being that I am the head medical advocate (my PCP has not shown any concern) I requested an MRI. I wanted to know if there was something going that made my neck a "ticking time bomb." Here are the MRI results:
No abnormal signal in spine
C4-5 uncovertebral spurring - mild left neural foriminal narrowing
C5-6 mild broad based disc osteophyte greater on right and uncovertebral spurring resulting in mild to moderate right and mild left neural foraminal narrowing.
C6-7 moderate central disc osteophyte and uncovered rap spurring resulting in mild central canal stenosis. Small inferiorly directed disc profusion not excluded.
Cervical spondylitis greatest at c6-7 c5-6.
I am a 35 yr old long torso 6'1" adrenaline junkie. I rode dirt bikes in the past including a concussion in 1997. I mountain bike and rode bike religiously. I used to rep 315 lbs on the squat. I have a 4 yr old that I love to put over my shoulders as we walk. I dream of having a 14 year old that mountain bikes behind me.
My feelings are that the c6-7 disc protrusion is causing the initial index finger numbness. I think the sporadic (or spuradic ha!) tingling in my arm is coming from the spurs in the foraminal areas.
I think that my options are to get an injection or have a procedure that grinds away the spurs giving me to tingling. I have switched to using my left hand at work which is drastically helping. I stand a lot at a do not i notice any symptoms.
I think what is going to happen, is that I will deal with modifying my condition for the next year to few years. At some point it will develop into muscular weakness and tingling on the left side. When weakness occurs, I will need surgery as long as Healthcare Reform allows it.
My number 1 worry is my son feeling bad I have to limit the extent of our activities due to my condition.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to any responses. Please excuse any grammar errors. My wife is upset with the pity party I'm having and expects production from me at home. Thanks again!