Im new to the boards, so I apologize for the long winded post in advance. I was in a rear end motor vehicle accident in July of this year. I have had excruciating muscle spasms and right side neck pain ever since. The pain has begun to radiate to my right shoulder, but no numbness.
I have been treated with Massage therapy twice weekly, and have tried various muscle relaxers and pain medications. Currently taking Amitriptyline 10mg at bedtime, Norco 7.5 every 6 hours, and Valium 2mg every 8 hours for spasm.
A recent MRI revealed the following at both C3-C4 and C4-C5: Disc bulging but no canal compression noted. Right sided foraminal stenosis with moderate compression and bone spurs. Degenerative changes noted in the cervical spine. I have been prescribed physical therapy three times weekly for 6 weeks.
So far I am not noticing any improvement. I am a veterinary nurse, so my job (Especially when performing dental procedures) requires a lot of downward head movement. I also take 16 credits per semester of online classes while working full time. 6 hours a week for PT, and 2 hours a week for massage is really setting me behind.
I realize my health comes first, however my PCP has mentioned that the PT will help with the disc bulge, but will do nothing for the foraminal stenosis as it is cause by the bone spurs. She feels that I would be an excellent candidate for a surgical foraminotomy. I will be consulting with a neurosurgeon as soon as I am 3/4 of the way through my PT treatment, and for now am continuing with massage and pain management.
Any thoughts, suggestions? Im really looking forward to the neuro consult... Im 32, and this whole thing has really gotten me down. Have any of you had this surgery? From what I have been told, if it is JUST the foraminotomy, it is one of the milder surgeries one can have on the C-Spine with the shortest recovery time post op.
Thanks in advance! :-)