I have a herniated disc at either C4 or C5 and I also have slight disc degeneration below that. I got the MRI of my neck 2 years ago and I have had lots of neurological problems with my condition. At my worst I have trouble standing and I get spells of dizziness. For a while I thought I had a neurological disease, but I am starting to realize it has to do with my spine. I like to lift weights for exercise, but I often injure/tighten my neck when lifting weights which seems to defeat the purpose. I have lost a lot of weight and my neck looks very skinny now, I hate it and its depressing. I am currently doing physical therapy. I am a 25 year old guy, turning 26 soon.
I noticed that I get weakness on one side of my body when I get neck pain and the tightness/sharp pain travels up the side of my head. The injury and tightness is on the left side of my neck. I tried to find the report for my last MRI to give more details but it seems to be not available because it was too long ago.
One thing that is strange that I get and I am wondering if others have this is I wake up most mornings being unable to open my eye. My left eye is shut and feels like it is too tired to wake up and open. Eventually after 10-15 minutes it is fine. Has anyone ever heard of this before? My doctors have no idea.
My main question is this: when is it a good idea to do another MRI to look for worsening of disc problems? Is surgery the last thing I would ever want to do? I feel very lost in all this, any advice is very appreciated.