Foraminal stenosis

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Foraminal stenosis

Hi Everyone
Im new here and Id love some advice please

About 5 years ago I had a bad fall, I fell on my back and was knocked out and have been having worsening pain and numbness ever since.
In hindsight I should of gone to A&E and got checked out but I decided to just wait and see if my pain subsided and it did after a few weeks. However with in a few months I started having numbness in my ringer finger and little finger in my left hand that came and went through out the day.
I went to my GP and told him about the fall and the numbness that was slowly getting worse, and he said he couldn't explain it and told me to take pain killers.
Since that time not only has the numbness got worse, its now in both hands part of my arms along with tingling and a lot of pain in my neck, arm and shoulder, the pain can be anything from fairly mild to excrutiating. The numbness and tingling is not constant but very frequent through out the day, and does seem to be worse when Im in certain positions, lying down is the worst I lose all feeling Im my hands. I also have problems with my left arm that seems to be a lot weaker than the right.
Long story short after a lot of aggravation I finally got to see a rheumatologist who did xrays which showed a very straight neck and he sent me for physio. After several months of physio and wrist splints to rule out carpal tunnel and with no improvement I was sent back to the doctor who ordered an mri. The mri report said c5,c6 and c7 have severe foraminal stenosis on both sides along with many large osteophytes causing associated cord flattening, there is some mild arthritis too. He said given the severity of the mri findings and my symptoms I should be referred to a neurosurgeon who I have seen since.
My appointment was hurried and I had little time to talk and the examination very brief. I asked about the mri report and at first I never got an answer so I asked again and was told it didn't mean anything and he thought if I have problems it will be in my wrists not my neck. I was ushered out the door rather hurriedly and told Id be sent for a nerve conduction test for carpal tunnel. I have since had those tests and Im told no abnormal findings.
A letter came today that said that other than some mild degenerative changes theres nothing wrong with my neck and that all the examinations didn't show anything , - I was barely examined and he ignored what I was saying so don't know how he can come to that conclusion. It also said Id get a follow up appointment in few months.
Can anyone tell me if the symptoms Im having fit with the mri findings or am I over reacting like I feel was implied.
Im not sure what to do next, do I ask my gp for a second opinion now rather than wait indefinitely for a follow up appointment which I really think will be another waste of time anyway.
Id appreciate any advice please.

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      . Ultrasound / Tens unit
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      . Massage Therapy
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