I asked a question if a surgeon is allowed to withhold MRI results , and I understand they are not but today I have found out I have a nerve injury . On October 10 , 2012 , I had a Bilateral Atlanto - Epistrophic Ligament Decompression w / Laminotomy . I was diagnosed with Occipital Neuralgia . I have chronic severe headaches . On September 21 , 2012 I had an MRI done requested by the neurosurgeon . He received the results on September 24th . I was not shown the results of the MRI prior to my surgery . I got the report in December after I went to chiropractors for help and they got my results and the surgical report and his transcription record . The MRI shows I have herniated cervical disc in the c4 - c5 ; c5 - c6 and c6 - c7 and no compressive disorders in the c1 - c2 areas . The C1 - C2 is where the surgeon operated on . His office told me the MRI was fine . He told me he was going to move a nerve and but did not tell me that he was going to remove a bone with a Laminotomy . In my follow - up in November , I told him I still had severe headaches and more pain in my left eye and neck and shoulder . He told me he no idea what my problem really is now that the surgery was done and that he did not know what else to do . I have learned that herniated cervical discs cause the same headaches I have been experiencing . On my last follow - up in January I asked why he didn’t show me my MRI and tell me about the herniated discs and he said they are insignificant to him . I was referred to a different Neurosurgeon and had my consultation with him today . He thinks I need to have an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion and he told me that the pain in my left eye is caused by a nerve injury coming from the back on my head . He said it is permanent and the only way to treat it is by pain management . There is no surgical option to fix it . I will have an EMG and NCV next week to confirm how recent this injury is . My question is does this seem like a likely case with this information regarding my nerve injury ?
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