Unfortunately, none of us can even speculate on your pain or read your MRI....
You really need to find a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon or Neurosurgeon....And most likely, they will want to get a new MRI as you say this is from 2009. So there could be changes.
Also, an MRI only tells a small part of the story....
If you took a random 100 people off the street over 30yrs old....Almost all of them would show changes and some disc issues....even Degenerative Disc Disease.....but many of them have absolutely no pain at all...
And someone with hardly anything on their MRI...can have terrible pain.
So it's really about finding a Dr. who is looking at the whole picture and works with you on helping find answers.
We can certainly empathize with your pain though....Sending you some gentle hugs...(( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006