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I had a compression injury jamming my head into a steel grate...pain has been torture into head and down arms to hands, worse in head and hitting at bottom of shoulders for 3 1/2 yrs. And that with 1800 gabapentin and daily pain meds. It is hideous pain without the Gabapentin.

MRI reads as follows
Vertebral body height maintained. Straightening of the cervical spine. No subluxation. Loss disc space hydration noted throughout cervical spine with mild to moderate disc space height loss and anterior osteophyte formation at C 5-6 and C 6-7. Mild Modic type 2 endplate changes at C 6-7. No marrow infiltrating lesion. Spinal cord normal in caliber and signal.

Level C2/3 unremarkable

C3-4: 2mm central disc protrusion indents ventral thecal sac. Mild bilateral arthrosis

C4-5: 1mm left eccentric disc bulge, otherwise unremarkable

C5-6: 2.5 broad based disc osteophyte complex indenting the ventral thecal sac and contacting the ventral spinal cord with mild spinal narrowing,mid sagittal canal narrowing thecal sac 8mm. Moderate left and mild right uncovertebral hypertrophy noted with moderate left and mild right foraminal narrowing.

C6-7: 3mm disc osteophyte complex contacts the ventral spinal cord and effaces the majority of the CSF with mild to moderate spinal canal narrowing, mid sagittal thecal sac diameter 7mm. Mild bilateral uncovertebral hypertrophy with mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing, left greater than the right.

I feel like my life is over. I can't even do a sink full of dishes with horrible nerve pain and burning and searing in muscles. I can't sleep at night. Ive spent hundreds of dollars on traction, pillows, other gadgets, tens unit, been to the chiropractor for over a year.

The surgeon seems to think i shouldn't be suffering like i am. If these Drs felt what I felt for a week they would be hitting up their buddies for help. I don't know what to do. I feel helpless and hopeless. So frustrating! !!

Any suggestions from those who have dealt with these findings before?

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