Did you get a copy of the written MRI report?
That might be helpful since the images can't be enlarged very much in this format.
Can you describe your pain ?
stabbing, aching, burning etc and a specific location of it?
like the C/T junction or above/below tha, or to the side of the spine like in a muscle.
Any arm or hand pain/symptoms?
Do you do a lot of deskwork or repetitive activities?
Have you had a qualified PT evaluation to check for trigger points & muscle imbalances?
They can also do some hands on traction/compression testing to check c spine and such.
[he doubts my pain is really an 8 out of 20]
Does your dr use a 0 - 20 pain scale?
I thought most used 0 - 10 pain scale.