Newbie here, great site. OK, I am 58 yr old male,smoker with no trauma to neck/back. For last 5 years have easy job that has me sitting (computer) 6 hours out of 8, previous job minimal contributing motions/factors. 3 months ago noticed mid neck pain and occasional numbness and pain going down back of right arm and right leg numbness/pain. 3 weeks ago neck pain became terrible so went to ER. Now pain 5/10 to neck, new pain to right lower back 5/10 and right shoulder pain 5/10, 3 day headache behind my eyes 2/10. Arm and leg symptoms reduced to 2/10. MRI 2 weeks ago:
1) Scattered degenerative disc and facet changes throughout the cervical spine with greatest cervical spondylosis at C5-6. This results in moderate central spinal canal stenosis and narrowing of the AP diameter down to 9mm. There is also moderate bilateral neural foraminal stenosis at this level.
2) Mild central canal narrowing at C3-4 and C6-7
3) Mild to moderate right C6-7 and mild left C6-7 and bilateral C3-4 neural foraminal narrowing.
4) No cord lesions to suggest Demyelating plaques.
I know medical advice not allowed on here, but does anyone else have similar problems? Seeing Neuro surgeon in 10 days. My Dr put me on Gabapentin 300mg 3 x day, no relief. Told Dr that no results from Gabapentin, said take Motrin, no help there either. Looking on here for days and seen a ACDF might be in my future. Very nervous about this but need relief.. All opinons welcome... Thanks