For about a month or so I've been having pretty severe pain (about 8 on a scale of 1 to 10) in my left arm and hand, from my shoulder down to my fingers. My primary care physician said I have Bursitis in my shoulder but he suspected something else was causing my arm and hand pain so he ordered an MRI of the cervical spine.
According to my MRI results:
* There is a reversal of the normal lordotic curvature of the cervical spine;
At C6-7, there is "Advanced uncovertebral endplate degenetrative changes. There is mild intervertebral disc space narrowing and cervical lordotic reversal. The degenerative uncovertebral endplate changes result in significant left foraminal and left lateral recess stenosis and mild central canal and moderate right foraminal stenosis."
* At C5-6, there is "Advanced uncovertebral endplate degenerative changes. There is mild intervertebral disc space narrowing and cervical lordotic reversal. The degenetrative uncovertebral endplate changes result in significant right foraminal, moderate central canal and bilateral lateral recess and significant left foraminal stenosis."
* At C4-5, there is "Mild intervertebral disc space narrowing and mild uncovertebral endplate degenetrative change. Intervetebral endplate degenetrative changes are present. The combination of findings results in significant right foraminal, mild central canal and mild left foraminal stenosis."
* At C4-5, there is "Generalized mild broad based disc bulging."
* At C2-3 and C3-4, there is "Minimal central broad based disc bulging."
Impression: "Multilevel degenerative uncovertebral endplate changes and broad based disc bulging resulting in variable degrees of mild to significant foraminal and mild to moderate central canal stenosis."
I'm not totally clear on what all that means (any clarification would be appreciated) but my primary care physician is recommeding that I try physical therapy for one week to see if it helps and he has prescribed Lorcet 10/650 four times a day for pain. I'm averaging only one a day (when the pain becomes absolutely unberable) because the fear of becoming addicted to pain pills scares me to death.
My first physical therapy session is today (July 23) at 2:30 p.m. Can anyone tell me what to expect? Does it hurt? Does anyone know how effective it is with ailments such as mine? If it doesn't help, what is my doctor likely to recommend? Can anyone tell me in laymen's terms what my problem is based on the MRI findings I typed above and is it something I should be concerned about?