Been a bit of time since I had any MRI performed on my neck. I've been noticing more problems this past year and a half after an accident, but I had no idea how severe they were. My last MRI in 2015 showed a couple of herniated discs (which are now not showing up on my new MRI, but are bulged discs now I think), stenosis at a few levels & nerve root compression at one level (which did not show up this MRI as well I think). Ironically, I had to ask my chiropractor, of all people, if I could get a MRI because it was bothersome to me. The Orthopedic Doctors just brushed me away because they wanted to follow "Insurance Protocol" with treatment.
So, here is where I was vs where I am today:
MRI from 2015
C2-C3 level the disc is normal
C3-C4 broad based disc hernination with significant cord impingement
C4-C5 disc bulge without significant stenonsis, very mild stenosis
C5-C6 disc bulge resulting in cord compression and bilateral C6 root impingement
C6-C7 central disc herniation resulding in significant cord impingement
C7-T1 dis is unremarkable
MRI in 2020
C2-C3: Small broad-based posterior disk osteophyte complex no spinal canal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing
C3-C4: Posterior disk osteophyte complex that flattens ventral thecal sac that is bilateral facet hypertrophy. Mild spinal canal stenosis. There is moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.
C4-C5: There is a posterior disk osteophyte complex flattening the ventral tecal sac. There is left-sided unconverterbral hypertrophy. There is mild spinal canal stenosis. Mild left neural forminal narrowing.
C5-C6: There is a posterior disk osterophyte complex flattening the ventral thecal sac. There is left-sided incovertebral hypertrophy. There is mild spinal stenosis. Mild left neural foraminal narrowing.
C6-C7: Posterior disk osteophyte complex flattening the ventral thecal sac with severe spinal canal stenosis. There is a bilateral converterbral hypertrophy with severe bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.
C7-T1: No disc disease, spinal stenosis or foraminal stenosis
Other: No other significant findings
Degenerative changes worst at C5-C6 and C6-C7
So now the question is, what is next? I asked my chiropractor and they said I'm lucky to even be responding to their treatments but the loss of some of my functions while driving is concerning. They suggested I can try their disc decompression unit to see if it helps any, but if it didn't, they'd send me for a neurosurgery consultation. Naturally, I tell my family about this and I'm given the "You don't want surgery. We really don't think you should explore that and should let your body heal, etc." So I don't have much support from them. But at this point, I'm limited to being in the house almost all the time. Any suggestions from anyone here?