Hi my name is Jill. I am new to these boards. I started having neck pain back around the late 1990,s. Years ago I took care of a quadriplegic doing a lot of lifting obviously. I started having neck pain on and off back then radiating into the left arm. It wasn't constant. It would come and go and occasionally flare up. After a real bad flare up I finally found a doctor that did a MRI in 2000. I had two small disc herniations at c4-5 and c5-6 indenting the thecal sac without cord compression. Only mild degeneration in those two vertebrae. Mild to moderate foraminal stenosis at the c 5-6 level without inmiegment. Surgery was not recommended but a job change was. My jobs for the next few years were easier on the body.. No more heavy lifting etc. my neck would only give me trouble here and there if I did something to flare it up. Only had been to the doctor a few times over the years after that for it. It was always pretty tolerable unless like I said I did activity so that caused a heavy aching at that bone area right under the neck. Would take ibuprofen and lay down and then it always felt better. Well about a month ago I was doing about 2 weeks of cleaning for this lady. She lived in an apartment and I would have to walk about a half a block to throw her garbage out. It got flared up so bad I would have to take ibuprofen every time I was there and come home and lay on ice. I told my employer I can no longer do that cleaning job for her. Well it got worse then I had pain along the side of my neck going down between my scapula under armpit area where it connects to chest and tight arm with very stiff elbow. When I shower to wash my hair or do my hair I always get pain in those areas now. I never used to. Also get tingling on and off in upper back shoulder area. Anyways had a MRI Nov. 18 th. This MRI scares me! I now thirteen years after my first MRI have multilevel moderate degeneration at C3-4,C4-5,-C-6-7. I have tow disc protrusions,herniations at C3-4 and C5-6 that are mildly flattening the cord. Also there are annular tears. Loss of disc height and space and loss of hydration at three levels and reactive endplate changes at three levels that say irregularity. I have borderline cervical stenosis at two levels and at C5-6 I have moderate spinal stenosis measuring 8 mm. I foraminal narrowing severe at 5-6 and moderate to severe at 4-5. And mild at 3-4. I have at a couple levels marginal osteophytes and at one level uncinate spurring or maybe that was more levels, so bone spurs too. Nerve impingement at C-5 and 6 roots and possible impingement at C-7. I'm a quite scared! I am still waiting for call from neurosurgeons office for appt. my doctor referred me too. Any light activity is irritant it now. Has anyone else had these many issues going on inside your neck? If so I would like to hear your story. Thanks!