Hello to everyone.
I injured my neck in 1992 when I was active duty military. I only had mild occasional pain until 3 years ago when I started having pain in my shoulder, burning in my arms and numbness in my small and ring finger. It normally happened when I was riding my motorcycle but would go away after resting. I now have constant burning through both shoulder blades down to my hands and have lost reflexes in my left arm. I don't think I have any muscle weakness but the constant burning is very aggravating. I am currently taking 400mg of Celebrex and 60mg of cymbalta per day and it helps with my lumbar region but is doing nothing for my cervical issues. The doctor also had me take prednisone for a month with no success. I had a spinal fusion with hardware at L5-S1 after the disc collapsed last October and don't look forward to being cut open again.
Here is what the MRI report said about the C5-6 level.
At c5-6, there is moderate degenerative disc disease at this level. There is retrolisthesis of C5 on C6 and disc-osteophyte complex with spurring of the uncovertebral joint on the right. There is also marked spurring of the uncovertebral joint on the left with severe enchroachment upon the left lateral recess and left neural foramen. Mild posterior spurring on right with mild narrowing of the neural foramen. There is no cord compression. There is some effacement upon the anterior CSF at C5-6.
So i'm wandering if the area is too far gone with too many issues to be solved without another fusion. All the google searches I've done seem to lead to the same conclusions (ie..spinal fusion). Any insight would be helpful.