Concerned about treament options: persistant radiculopathy but with contralateral MRI results
I've had neck and shoulder pain issues for several years following a roll-over car accident. I did physical therapy at that time, but it never really resolved the issues I was having with pain and muscle spasms.
Last May, I started having worse muscle spasms, followed by an increase in burning pain along my shoulder blade. Then I started experiencing numbness/pins and needles in my right thumb, index finger, and part of my middle finger, along with this really awful deep aching pain in my forearm. I went to an orthopedic doctor, and they had me do physical therapy for several months without any real improvement. Eventually they authorized an MRI, but the orthopedic doctor wasn't sure what to make of the results because some of the findings were on the left, and all of my symptoms are on the right side. He's referring me to a neurosurgeon, but the earliest appointment I could get is three months from now.
Because of the unusual results, I'm a little worried that I'll wait for three months, only to find out that they won't do anything anyway, so I thought I might post my MRI results and see if anyone here had similar or related findings:
C4-5: Mild posterior osseous ridging which is eccentric to the left. Mild left-sided canal narrowing. No cord compression. Neural foramina patent.
C5-6: Disc-osteophyte complex with element of left paracentral disc protrusion. Moderate canal stenosis. Mild left ventral cord contouring without cord compression or cord edema. No significant foraminal stenosis.
C6-7: Shallow central disc protrusion without significant canal stenosis or cord compression. Neural foramina patent.
I'm a 32-year-old female.
A few of the things I'm wondering:
Is there a chance this could require surgery now or in the future?
What other options might potentially be offered?
The numbness/referred pain seems likely related to a spine problem, but what about the shoulder blade? Does anyone else have burning pain along their shoulder blade from cervical disc/nerve pathologies?
I'm not looking for diagnoses obviously, just hoping for some related experiences while I wait for referrals. It's been almost nine months of this and I'm hoping there's some other option besides endless PT and ibuprofen that do little for the constant pain. Thank you!