Glad you made it this far. I don't usually say this but those pictures don't do you justice!
Sorry, I often use a bit of humor when things aren't good. Those MRI results do look awful though and I do agree with you...if the doctors don't take you seriously now I would think it's time for a second or third opinion.
I hope it doesn't come to that but if it does my suggestion would be to head to a university/teaching hospital nearest to you. There's a link in the Chronic Pain 101 topic but here's the link so you won't have to go searching. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_university_hospitals
As spinal soldier said, get the best surgeon there is and at the teaching hospitals they are also research labs and on the cutting edge of treatments. Messing with the spine is a far cry from setting a broken finger. You certainly do need and deserve the very best!
Keep us posted...
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