I was wondering if you can tell me your experiences with applying for Disability. Is it better to get an attorney? What do you feel my chances are? I am a Registered Nurse and my job required me to drive from home to home. I had to resign a couple of weeks ago due to my symptoms. My symptoms are debilitating dizziness, headaches, blurred vision, neck pain, and spasms, radiculopathy pain in neck and down left shoulder into arm to elbow, trouble concentrating. I began with symptoms fours years ago of dizziness, headaches, blurred vision, neck pain. I first received a diagnosis of dystonia, then Mal de debarquement (by two doctors along with migraines), arthritis in neck. As of now recent test show abnormal vestibular testing of central origin
, MRI of neck showing:
C4-05: Degenerate disc disease with disc height loss and desiccation
shallow disc osteophyte complex measures 2 mm. No spinal canal stenosis.
Moderate to severe left neural foraminal stenosis secondary to
C5-C6: Moderate DDD. Disc osteophyte complex measures 2 mm. No
significant spinal canal stenosis. Mild bilateral neural foraminal
stenosis secondary to uncovertebral hypertrophy.
C6-C7: Mild DDD. Disc osteophyte complex measures 2 mm. No spinal canal
stenosis. Minimal right neural foraminal stenosis secondary to
C7-T1: There is no significant disc protrusion, spinal canal stenosis or
neural foraminal narrowing.
Multilevel degenerate spondylosis of cervical spine without high-grade
spinal canal stenosis. Multilevel bilateral neural foraminal stenosis,
including moderate to severe left C4-05 neural foraminal stenosis. Please
see above for level by level description
C3-4 disc space shows mild central disc bulging. C4-5disc space shows DDD narrowing as well as hypertrophic spurring along the posterolateral aspects of the vertebral bodies. This results in mild left-sided neural foraminal narrowing. C5-6 disc space also shows DDD space narrowing and hypertrophic narrowing anteriorly and posteriorly. The hypertrophic spurs are more pronounced along the left-side of the vertebral body where there is severe associated left-sided neural foraminal stenosis
. C6-7 mild DDD narrowing but not significant stenosis or disc herniation.. There is failure of fusion of the posterior arch of T1.EMG: Muscle membrane instability in a Left C5,6 shoulder muscle as well as left C5,6 paraspinals.
No motor unit loss was noted. Nerve conduction normal. Left C5 or C6 radiculopathy. C5-6 muscle guarding.
DMX Motion X-Ray
showed various ligament damage. Report is pretty long and descriptive. Flexion extension xray:
1. Anterior subluxation of C3 on C4 during flexion which reduces upon extension.
2. Posterior subluxation of C4 on C5 during extension which reduces upon flexion.
3. Stable slight retropulsion of C5 on C6 during flexion and extension.
4. No acute abnormality by plain film imaging. Disc space narrowing at C4-5 and C5-6.
I receive botox every three months for migraines/muscle spasms and I am on a migraine medicine. I have had nerve burns. I take Norco and muscle relaxants (I managed without these up till about two months ago). I was in a bad auto accident mid may. Suffered a concussion and worsened neck pain. I have been going out of State for Prolotherapy x 3 so far not improving.
I only drive short distances to the grocery store due to decreased motion in my neck.