Rear end car collision
Meds - Diclofenac Sod EC 75 mg twice a day and Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril)10 MG twice a day
Prior to accident not aware of any problems with my neck other then stiffness due to stress and computer use. Accident accelerated the unknown conditions.
Went to Chiropractor and massage therapy in the beginning. Went to different doctor and was given Rx
Had MRI done - C2-4 moderate disc height loss and desiccation. Mile to moderate bilateral facet arthropathy. Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy contribute to mild bilateral neural foraminal stenosis.
Cr-5 moderate disc height loss and desiccation. mild to moderate bilateral facet arthropathy. moderate to secere central canal stenosis. Disc material contacts the ventral cord with mild flattening and no abnormal cord signal. Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy contribute to moderate right and moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis.
C5-6 moderate disc height loss and desiccation. moderat bilateral facet arthropathy. Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy contribut to moderate to severe bilateral neural foraminal stenosis.
C6-7 same - severe right and moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis.
C7-T1 the disc height and signal are normal. mild to moderate bilateral facet arthopathy. minimal disc bulge does not result in significant central stenosis. mild left neural foraminal stenosis.
advanced multilevel cervical spine disc and facet degeneration worst at C4-C5 where a broad based disc osteophyte complex causes moderate to severe central canal stenosis. Facet arthropathy and uncovertebral hypertrophy contribut to moderate right and moderately severe left neural foraminal stenosis.
Moderate central canal stenosis at C6-C7 with severe right and moderate to severe left meural foraminal stenosis.
Mild to moderate central canal stenosis at C5-C6 with and moderate to severe bilateral neural foraminal stenosis.
Mild central stenosis at C3-C4 with mild bilateral neural foraminal stenosis.
No intrinsic cord signal abnormality.
NS said surgery. Not sure if it is C 4-5-6 or C5-6-7 - was in total shock and upset at that point. He said he would make small cut in my neck - insert life saver type thing. I said - OK your going to cut my neck, insert life save thing and NOT FUSE MY NECK....no I am going to fuse your neck.
It has been two months since I saw NS. I am trying to just cope. He said if I didn't have surgery and I had another accident or fall it would make it worse. Didn't say what and at that point I was too upset
I have been trying to figure out where and who to see for another opinion. I have been trying to get myself back to a full 45 hour week. I have worked two 6 hour days and three 9 hour days for the last two weeks. It hasn't been easy and I think I am in denial about how severe this may be.
I love to dance, ride motorcycles and horses. I do my own yard work and work 9 hour days with up to over 2 hours commute time driving. I live alone and I am scared of making a mistake. This is my life I'm dealing with and it scares me.
I haven't heard much good about fusion and need to know if there are any other options. Thanks