So I have been suffering from SEVER neck, left shoulder and arm pain and very bad headaches also weakness of left hand since August 14th 2012. I had x-rays done, they showed stage 2 degenerative disc disease. I had a CT done it showed this:
C4-5 small posterior disc protrusion without significant central canal stenosis
C5-6 mild right posterior lateral disc osteophyte complex formation and a small posterior disc herniation resulting in minimal central canal stenosis and effacement of the right lateral recess
C6-7 tiny posterior central disc protrusion and minimal posterior disc osteophyte complex formation with minimal central canal stenosis
C7-T1 minimal posterior disc osteophyte complex formation without significant central canal stenosis
I don't know what the CT results mean, but I had been waiting anxiously for my apt with a neurosurgeon which happened today! I left his office in tears! He said that I have a next to normal CT and there is nothing wrong with my neck. He said, after I started crying and while he had his back turned to me and was walking out of the room, that well I guess I'll just order an MRI.
My heart just sank after this appointment, I feel so upset. I swear I'm in pain and not just faking it, I'm a mother of three young boys and would give anything to be able to run and play with them. I'm an active, in shape 37 year old woman, I want to feel good and be alive again. GRRR I'm so sick of this...dirty words
What is wrong with me??? If my neck is "normal" then what is causing my pain? I've done 9 months of chiro, physio and deep neuro muscular massage...nothing works! Scheduled for steroid injections in three weeks...
Please...any insight anyone???
Mother of three amazing boys who wants her life back, suffering from chronic neck/shoulder pain for 9 months.