Is spinal cord impingement a guarantee for surgery?
I have been having pain in my neck for a long time due to an auto accident I had about 10 years ago. At the time I was told i had severe whiplash and underwent PT and massage therapy. It never really helped. Flash forward to about 3 years ago and I had an MRI and is showed my C3-C4 was bulging along with my C4-C5 and C5-C6 I went to see a NS who told me it was normal and referred me to PT again as well as a Neurologist and a pain clinic. The NS commented on how hyper my leg reflexes were and I was sent to a Neurologist who Dx'd me with peripheral neuropathy and I have been in pain management ever since. So, about a month and a half ago I felt this weird pop sensation in my neck and since then my pain has been HORRIBLE. I have also had severe headaches, nausea, vertigo, shortness of breath and pain in my shoulders, shoulder blades and deltoid muscles. when I exercise the vertigo and dizziness get worse. I then had another MRI and this time it showed that my C3-C4 was now a protrusion and it was impinging slightly upon the anterior aspect of the cervical cord. My C4-C5 and C5-C5 show mild bulges. So I have been referred to another NS but I was wondering if this new MRI will mean surgery? I also wonder if this is what could be causing the Peripheral neuropathy and my leg problems as well.
I apologize for such a lengthy post and I thank you all in advance.
Last edited by maineclam; 03-13-2007 at 11:51 PM.