It’s been about a year since my diagnosis. I went to Dr. Batzdorf in May. I really liked him. He was very thorough during the 2 hour consultation. Here is where I am now. I have a 4mm herniation. My most significant symptoms are headaches and severe neck pain. Dr. Batzdorf did an mri of my neck and found several issues including:
C5-6 "Right paracentral and right foraminal 6mm disc protrusion and osteophytes indent the ventral spinal cord and impinge upon the exiting right C6 nerve root"
C6-7 "Moderately advanced degenerative narrowing of the disc is present, and broad-based left paracentral and left foraminal 5mm disc protrusion with annular tear, endplate and uncovertebral osteophytes impinge upon the exiting left C7 nerve root."
C4-5 "Circumferential endplate osteophytes, 2-3mm retrolisthesis, central/biparacentral (left greater than right) 3mm disc protrusion indents the ventral spinal cord."
The CM on the mri was noted at 4mm “with slight pointing or beaking of the tonsils caused by slight compression between the posterior aspect of the foramen magnum and the posterior aspect of the medulla, upper cervical spinal cord.”
I am not a doctor…but, I would have to believe that the neck mri results combin3d with my severe, constant neck pain would warrant a problem…seems there is something going on!?? Well, Dr. Batzdorf reviewed the results via phone and advised it was pretty much nothing and gave me an exercise to do at home. On another note, I had been prescribed Nortriptyline for the headaches, but it made the ringing in my ears worse so I stopped taking it. Dr. B didn’t want to prescribe any kind of pain management and said I could continue to take ibuprofin and acetametaphin daily. He felt the diagnosis of CM1 was too aggressive as the tonsils were only 4mm…yet he showed me where there was a small bump on the medulla from the compression…again one would think this would appear to be a problem, lol!
So now to today. My symptoms actually seemed quite a bit better June-beg September. But since then have been bad. I am now at the point where I find it impossible to believe there is not any way to get some relief from my neck pain! I dread going to bed because I know how much I’m going to hurt in the morning. I want to now get a 2nd CM specialist opinion so I did some research on the board and found Dr.Moza. I would love to hear from anyone who has experience with him. I have a big concern with him. I worry that he is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum from Dr. B in the sense that he is very aggressive in recommending surgery. I had this feeling based on his website but it was further heightened when I scheduled my appointment on Friday. When I called, the girl who answered the phone asked me the reason for the appt and wanted a bit of cm background. I discussed the neck pain and headaches and her reply was “yeah, he usually goes in and does a laminectomy to clean that up and a decompression”. I was really surprised. So has anyone seen him or had surgery? Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on the whole situation? I’m in southern CA. Thanks everyone for your time