I am a 39 y/o F that started having severe pain approx. 1 month ago. It was originally diagnosed in the ER as a pinched nerve and I started chiropractic treatment, yoga and steroids. It progressively got worse with spasms and numbness and tingling in my left arm. I could not get adequate treatment in the very small, rural town I currently live in so on a visit to see my family in Jacksonville,FL I went to see my old doctor. He ordered an MRI . did several other tests and put me back on steroids , Soma and Loratb. I also have a friend that gave me some Lidocain patches and I tried them for the first time last night and it was wonderful relief! Prior to this, I never had any medical problems, car accidents (2 in my early 20.s w/no complications), etc., just had my arm go numb about a month ago and then intense pain in my left arm
My MRI results came back last week and revealed the following:
Disc Herniations with thecal sac compression and cord impingement C4-5, C5-6 AND C6-7
Annual tears C4-5, C5-6, C6-7
Multi level degenerative and hypertrophic spondilitic changes througout the cervical region as outlined
Multi level thecal sac compression with foraminal narrowing/ stenosis as described
There was also mild ventral cord compression at C4-5 and C6-7
The nurse at my doctors office told me to restrict all activity until I see the Neurosurgeon as they felt they would want to do surgery immediately.
The Neurosurgeons office did call me Friday to get my info and was supposed to callback yesterday with an appointment.
I have not heard anything.
i am concerned about what precautions I should currently be taking.
My aunt is a physical therapist and told me to go about my normal day, as to not atrophy the muscles but no lifting,etc., and my sister in law is a PA and I sent her my MRI to review.
I have to tried to review the boards for similar diagnosis. I am not going to hesitate to have surgery if it is recommended due to the potential for paralysis. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on what I should be doing daily until I see the Neurosurgeon? Should I lay on my back or stomach when resting (which puts the least amount of pressure on the spinal cord?)