Originally Posted by drwk
Thanks for all your help and encouragement. I have had the MRI and the herniated disc in my C5-6 is indenting the cord. I saw an orthopedic surgeon and he said I need a fusion. I am trying to get a referral to a neurosurgeon right now. It really scares me. I don't have any weakness yet. I just can't walk a lot, I have pain in my shoulders and arms, and th other nuero symptoms of muscle cramps, burning full body. They want to do surgery July 5th. I am only 35 and scared to death. My parents aren't too convinced. This is somewhat an invisible disease. I can get around but hurt inside. What do you guys think?
For your diagnosis, I think you might need a laminectomy and a fusion. That is the first surgery I had. They operated from the front and back. I woke up in something similar to a ergonomic chair. Laying on my face kind of. They used donor bone and lifted the part that was pressing on my spinal cord.
I had pain from surgery but I knew the pain I had for more than 12 years was gone.
I wish you a successful surgery.