Mri results for thoracic and cervical spine
i have for the past 3 months been in constant pain, severe for 2 months, i take 600mg gabapentin 3 times daily with naproxen and zapain, sometimes ibuprofen and diazapam, recently given oramorph also, pain is reduced but still constant pain in left shoulder and down left arm, cannot lay body flat without severe pain burning down left arm, also loss of feeling in tip of 1st finger.
I first suffered these symptoms in 2000 but was in both shoulders and arms, mobility was greatly reduced and could not dress or drive etc. Had xrays was told then could be calcafication of the bones, was prescribed diclofenac which wrecked my stomach so had to stop them. Symptoms disappeared after 4/5 months, then nothing until 3 years ago where my left shoulder and arm were affected, was diagnosed with frozen shoulder. I was put into a sling and signed off for 2 months. This time has been the longest suffering. I also suffer with psoriosis which has been chronic most of life and i'm borderline manic depressive and take valproic acid in the morning and evening for my depression, also anxiety which i am managing at the moment.
I recently had xrays and mri scan with following results
Xray showed mild degeneration and mri showed there is loss of the normal cervical lordosis. There is dehydration in the cervical discs. At C5/6 there is a small disc osteophytic bar which lies in contact with the anterior aspect of the cord but does not compress it. There is also a small disc osteophytic bar at C6/7, this does not impinge on the cord. The remainder of the cervical spinal canal is congenitally narrowed. There is no neural compression in the cervical exit foramina. There are early degenerative changes in the lower thoracic spine, most notably at T6/7 where there is a disc protrusion which lies in contact with the anterior aspect of the cord. The thoracic cord however is not compressed. There is no neural compression in the thoracic exit foramina. There is normal signal return from the cord throughout and the tip of the conus lies in a normal position
I spoke with my doctor who said they could not do anything except increase of painkillers!
Is this all that can be done? The pain is tolerable if i take a maximum mix of the above drugs but does not go completely and if i use my left arm it starts to ache and pain increases,
I am hoping someone on here can offer some advice or something, i can't keep taking pills every day, i must be able to improve these problems or will they get worse as i get older?
I have in the past also suffered with my lower back and had several bouts of sciatica, spent a fortune at the chiropractor, occasionally had further treatment to help, also teeth recently with a bad root canal filling which had to be redone and then infection from this and was prescribed amoxycillin and metranizadole, are any of these things related?! Please help if you can, thank you