I am glad i found this forum, and am hoping to get some insight/advice from members.
Brief history: I am now 36 years old. I had a cervical discectomy done when I was 29. PT, injections, traction, etc. all failed. the pain was better for about a year after surgery, and a lot of my arm (left side) issues got a little better. Since then, it has all returned. Constant pain in neck/shoulder/arm - thumb, pointer and middle finger tingly. New symptom of left side facial pins and needles feeling. Saw a new Dr. , we recently moved. He said he would help me. Put me on Percocet for the pain and baclofen for the spasms. he knew we didn't have insurance and promised to help me until we got it. Well, after 3 months of seeing me and treating me, he stopped - cold turkey. Even though I had an MRI done like he requested. he is refusing to help me, and is expecting me to get right in to a pain clinic. I told him i filled out the paperwork and it's a 2-3 month wait for new patients... so here i sit, with my heating pad... that's it. i have 3 young children to take care of, I'm a stay at home mom. My youngest recently turned one. I was hoping for any input you may have on my MRI results:
Neck pain left arm pain.
Sagittal T1-T2 and STIR imaging. Axial T2 imaging.
C3-4: No significant disc disease. Mild facet arthropathy. Spinal canal and foramina are patent.
C4-5: Mild annular bulging. Mild facet arthropathy. Spinal canal and foramina are patent.
C5-C6: Left paracentral disc osteophyte protrusion impinges the left ventral cervical cord with mild spinal canal narrowing. Mild to moderate facet arthropathy. Mild left and no significant right foraminal narrowing.
C6-C7: Left paracentral protrusion with indentation on the left ventral cervical cord with mild spinal canal narrowing. Mild left and no significant right foraminal narrowing. Prior laminotomy.
C7-T1: Normal. Visualized upper thoracic cord is normal. Normal brainstem structures.
1. Straightening of the normal cervical lordosis. Cord signal is normal.
2. Left paracentral disc protrusion C5-C6 and C6-C7 with indentation on the left ventral cervical cord worse at C6-7. This results in mild spinal canal narrowing. Cord signal remains normal.
3. Mild left foraminal narrowing C5-C6 and C6-C7.
thanks all for taking the time to read this and any input you may have. I am at my wits end. i am in so much pain. Tylenol. aleeve, ibuprofen not touching it. http://www.spine-health.com/forum/support/seasoned/mri-reports-why-we-cant-advise