Well, MRIs are clear, he has blown disks and a cracked vertebra in his neck, along with arthritis. The doctor did not put him on bed rest, because of the arthritis in other bits will get worse, but told him to try to avoid doing anything that hurts or makes his neck pop and click. The doctor had prescribed some really effective anti inflamatory but whent he swelling went down, hubby’s neck got rapidly more painful and the clicking got worse. He can’t turn his head to the side, and any neck movement at all is very painful. No collar as that might move his neck in a dangerous way. They say there will be surgery, soon, but what type has yet to be determined.
BTW the whole coffee thing- the doctor said to keep up with a moderate coffee level, but that he did not show signs of the lows spinal fluid levels. The don’t know what is wrong with him in that regards but said coffee is a complex substance and caffiene pills are no substitute. It amy well just be the blood pressure raising that coffee does, or it could be more complicated. He has finally caught up with his sleep and his photophobia got better.