Last three months have been hard, headache, back pain (between shoulders), shoulder pain, neuropathy (numbness, weakness, tingling) on hands, leg, face). A month back they did an MRI of spinal cord and found that I have narrowing on C4-C5, C5-C6(severe, with a small possible edema/myelomalacia), C6-C7(severe). They did not do a T and an L spine MRI on mine without that I really do not know how bad my real situations are.
My headache used to come and go and now it seems to be constant. Advil helps, should I be taking for every day? How long. And It I cannot sleep on my back because the muscles on the head hurts. I always go back to sidewise (I am not sure whether that hurts my neck more or not). I am not sure whether I should wear a neck-brace until I get to see the neurosurgeon.
I know after surgery patients needs to sleep/stay on their back. I am wondering what if I m unable to do that. I cannot seem to get off advil. I hear, its a must for bones to grow and surgery.
I am not sure how bad my MRI looks. I have seen a pain medicine doctor (He treats a lot of patient with C-spine issues). In my case he only asks me to go to neurosurgeon (and also do repeat MRI, do not know why). My neurologist (who ordered the original MRI) commented its congenital and mostly compensated.
Did anyone else have constant headache? How did it get resolved? And how did you come out of advil and prepare for surgery?
MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.