Hi. Thanks for letting me join. This is my first post.
I’ve had left sided shoulder and arm pain with altered sensation on and off for approximately 6 to 7 years. I had an MRI a couple of years ago and it showed a number of minor disc bulges, osteophytes etc at multiple levels. The worst being C6-7. I’ve had two nerve blocks into the foraminal stenosis which was effective for about 3-4 months the first time and wasn’t as effective but did work a little for about 1-2 months the second time.
Fast forward a year and I developed a continuous left sided headache behind my ear, over the top of my head and above my eye with a numb ear and a fluttering sensation in my ear drum. I consulted a neurologist who thought it could be from my neck and ordered another MRI. The MRI report states
C3/4: There is a small focal central disc protrusion which is
C4/5: Minimal disc osteophyte complexes noted which is non-neurocompressive.
There is mild bilateral facet joint degenerative change.
C5/6: A small diffuse disc osteophyte complex is noted. There is contact with
the right exiting C6 nerve roots without compression.
C6/7: Large diffuse disc osteophyte complex produces moderate left foraminal
narrowing. There is contact with the left exiting C7 nerve root.
I was wondering if the C6-7 issue, which is the cause of my problem, can be successfully treated conservatively? As the cause is both bone and disc, does this mean that surgery is a preferred option?
I’m not due to see the neurologist again for quite some time but like to be pre armed with information.