46, healthy, whiplash accident December 2014
Normal MRI. Degeneration at C6/7
Failed all conservative treatments badly. All of them aggravated my neck, including epidural steroid injection on Sept 10th that sent me to the ER with unbearable pain. Neurosurgeon said it was because I have a clear structure issue and there was no room for the steroid, which has left me in brutal spasm now
Symptoms....When I look down, my pinkies and feet go numb. No one took me seriously for 8 months. Did an Upright MRI. Doc told me there is instability at C6 which is compressing the cord. Got 5 more opinions and 4 of them said the instability is BS and there's no problem on my MRI. They have showed me the MRI and it looks like all the bones line up. They simply cannot see the instability, but cannot explain why my feet go numb. Lumbar and T spine show no compression. But i can be flat on my back, on a thick pillow and with my head off the floor too much, my feet go numb.
Anyone else had this issue?
Now they want to do a myelogram which supposedly will show cord compression and instability when in flexion with dye in my spine. I'm terrified to do the test. I've heard to many horror stories.
Lost and confused,