Great site, so glad I found it. So much good information. My story is that I went to my general practitioner with neck pain and right arm numbness, pain and tingling. She told me it was a pinched nerve and gave me an rx of muscle relaxers. They didn't work at all and just put me to sleep. I called her back and she sent me for an x-ray and an MRI. The MRI findings are as follows:
C3-4 minimal central disc protrusion is present, not resulting in spinal stenosis. no bony neural-foramen encroachment is present.
C4-5 Minimal left sided degenerative facet disease is present, not resulting in neural foramen encroachment. No disc protrusion or spinal stenosis is identified.
C5-6 Severe degenerative spondylosis is present, with a fibrous bony bar, resulting in extradural deformity of the theca, deformity of the ventral aspect of the cord, and moderately severe spinal stenosis (7-mm central canal)
C6-7 A small, left posterolateral osteophyte is present, resulting in extradural deformity of the theca, not resulting in spinal stenosis. No neural foramen encroachment is identified.
Severe spoydylosis, C5-6 with a large fibrous bony bar resulting in moderately severe spinal stenosis and reversal of the normal cervical lordosis at this level.
Incidintal lymphadenopathy within the neck
I have had one appointment with a neurosurgeon that my GP referred me to. He was not willing to go over the results of my MRI with me (!)
so I have made another appt. with another neurosurgeon to see what is going on. Several things in the report sound rather ominous, but of course, I'm not a doctor. Any help at all is appreciated. Sorry this is so long.