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Hi there, is your main concern about the neck pain due to the budging discs?
I would highly recommend you to find a pain management doctor or an anesthesiology who can go epidural nerve injections. The epidural nerve injections are steroids, anti-inflammatories, and pain medications which will help the pain and inflammation go down. It is much less invasive. If the injections work, they can do a nerve ablation which is essentially burning of the nerve ending so you do not have pain from that area.
You burn the nerves that are causing the pain, not the main nerves that are controlling movement of the arms. The steroids and anti-inflammatory will help decrease the inflammation and protruding disc.
Have you met with a surgeon? How about the person who operated on your back?
Ill sign off and let another doctor discuss with you.
Maybe someone else will have a different opinion.
Hello,I am Dr. Aren and I will help with your query.A injury to the cord resulting in partial rupture which occurred when you were young would have resulted in permanent disability ,either sensory or motor,as damaged nueurons do not recover.Partial damage will cause sensory loss and some motor loss below the level of the injury.The pain you are suffering is probably due to underlying pressure on the nerve roots as they exit the spinal cord/in the canal secondary to the stenosis.This results in pressure on the nerve fibres,local oedema and inflammation.Surgery done by a expert neurosurgeon can remove the stenosis/cause of pressure on the nerve leading to relief from pain.A MRI Scan of the affected area will give you a much more detailed picture of the exact problem.Use of drugs like Pregabalin and Gabapentin used for neuropathic pain,steroids to reduce the inflammation and local oedema on the nerve roots and compressed area will help.It would be prudent to get a MRI Scan before you discuss the matter with a Neurosurgeon,he will be better placed to advise you with a more detailed picture of the problem.As one ages,the joints tend to harden/ossify and do not become more more elastic.