I have long standing spine issues. In addition to neck pain, about 5. Months ago, I started to develop pain and weakness in my shoulders and right arm. Recently, I have started to notice intermittent mild fine motor changes.
the past 8 months, I have had PT, Accupuncture, deep tissue massage, trigger point injections, radio frequency ablation and a cervical epidural. Despite these treatments, I have increasing arm issues.
I have seen 5 board certified spine/ neurosurgeons. 1 wants to do a 3 level laminectomy with fusion, another 2 artificial discs, 1!- 2 level posterior foramenectomy, 1 3 level ACDF and another a 2 level ACDF
i am so confused. I am not considering the artificial disc and laminectomy. The idea of a fusion scares me due to the risk of adjacent segments going. I was hoping that you can tell me about your experiences.
This is is an MRI from 2 months ago.
C2/c3 uncoventtebral hypertrophy with moderate to severe left neural foraminal narrowing
C3/c4 left sided foraminal encroachment
C4/c5 c5/c6 . left disk oseophyte complex causing a mass effect on the ventral subarachnoid spaces abutting (not displacing) the cord
c/6 to c/7 degenerative facet changes with severe bilateral neural foraminal narrowing and mild central stenosis. Marked spinal stenosis secondary to bulging disks and posterior osteophytes and bilateral foraminal narrowing
t1/t2, posterior disc protrusion
t2/t3 slight anterolistesis with posterior disc bulge. Disc appears to contact but not definitely compress the ventral aspect of the thoractic cord
t/3-t/4, I had right paracentral disc protrusion.