I've been dealing with bulged discs since 2008. I'm 29 yo. MRI in 2008 diagnosed DDD, bulged disc, and mild bilateral stenosis in C4-C5-C6.
6 years, 30 months of which were in combat, and my symptoms are getting worse.
My right arm is going numb. I have sharp pain in my inner right elbow. My middle finger and index finger are randomly getting "cold" like if they went "asleep". My headaches are still occurring. My range of movement is severely degraded, and I can no longer run or do neck related exercises like sit ups. I can't carry anything heavier than say a 20oz coke in my right hand with out pain and my arm going numb. If I shrug, or raise my arm up above my say mid chest, it goes numb and hurts.
Finally in the last year, the pain is starting to go to my left side of my shoulder blade/neck area.
I've been on every NSAID there is out there. Been on Gabepentin. I've done 3x rds of nerve blocks (stopped being as effective second time around)
I just got a new doctor and he ordered a new MRI.
I got the results back, and he basically said it's "just arthritis", I don't have DDD, gave me celebrex and said come back in 30 days.
I'm tired of taking NSAIDs or any pills period. I've developed IBS from it, and it's seriously degrading my work and personal life.
I feel like he just looked at the first sentence of the results and that's all he had time for....
Anyways, the new MRI results say the following, should I get a second opinion?
It says c4-c5 intervertabral level showing mild facet arthrosis and uncovertabral joint degenerative changes. Small posterior disc osteophyte complex without significant associated central stenosis. Mild to moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing.
C5-c6 intervertebral level again showing mild facet arthrosis and uncovertabral joint degenerative changes. Small posterior disc osteophyte complex with mild associated central stenosis. There is moderate bilateral foraminal narrowing.
C6-c7 intervertebral level also demonstrating mild facet arthrosis and uncovertabral joint degenerative changes. Small posterior disc osteophyte complex. There is mild to moderate left foraminal narrowing.
At c7-t1 intervertebral level showing mild left foraminal narrowing