I have been a part of this site for just under a year. I was just getting my nerve to ask the same question. I'm happy to see this detailed answer. I am hoping to understand better what others are going through. Really for re-assurance.
Just over a year ago I was working out with at weight trainer. When we tried to do dead lifts, we discovered I couldn't get my arms up and back enough to hold the weight on my shoulders. We modified it by holding the weight in front of me. The next day I had a stiff neck and fever. My regular doctor just brushed it off and said it was just me working out too hard. As the days went on the stiffness got worse. I developed pain in my should blades, fore arms, thumb and fore pointer finger of my right hand. Although I had full strength, my joints felt tired and weak. I eventually visited a chiropractor who's x-rays should deformities.
Long story short, here's the diagnosis given to me by the neurosurgeon
There is mild straightening of the cervical lordosis. The vertebral bodies otherwise maintain normal height and alignment. Diffuse disc dehydration is present with moderate loss of disc space height at C6-7 and mild loss of disc space height at CS-6. The visualized cervicomedullary junction and spinal cord are grossly unremarkable.
At C2-3, no significant disc bulge or stenosis is identified.
At C3-4, minimal spondylotic impression upon the anterior thecal sac results in no significant stenosis.
At C4-5, minimal disc bulge and endplate spurring are present with a right paracentral disc protrusion. The findings result in asymmetric effacement of the right lateral recess.
At CS-6, disc bulge and endplate spurring with suggestion of more focal protrusion of disc material into the right neural foramen and mild right facet arthropathy are present. The findings cause moderate central spinal canal narrowing with mild left and severe right foraminal narrowing.
At C6-7, posterolateral disc bulge, asymmetric to the right, endplate spurring and minimal facet arthropathy cause mild central spinal canal and left foraminal narrowing with moderate right foraminal narrowing.
At C7-Tl, posterolateral disc bulge, greater towards the right, mild end plate spurring and facet arthropathy are present. The findings cause mild left and mild to moderate right foraminal narrowing.
I was told by the doctor that at 54 I didn't want to be this bad.
I have days that I forget that this even happened. Other days it's definitely there. I have a high pain tolerance and handle that very well, thank God. But it's the days that I feel that my balance is challenged. Is that typical for some folks? It is typically when I'm tired.
Also, my doctor and therapist both made the statement that they could see my symptoms change just from a long car ride. Do folks experience that kind of thing as well?
Nobody on the forum is medically qualified or permitted to give advice any responses will be based on members personal experiences only