Please do NOT push for surgery unless these findings worsen. You will be worse after surgery then you are now, as far as pain goes. You usually end up with the same pain or worse after surgery. Also, pain isn't a good reason for surgery. Surgery only corrects mechanical problems which I see that you DO have, but unless your foramen closes and your spinal cord becomes impinged, I would NOT have surgery. Surgery begets more surgery. Usually after your have surgery, the levels below the surgery site will FAIL, and you'll end up needing more surgery. It's called the "domino" effect.
If you cannot go to physical therapy, ask your doctor to perhaps give you some exercises that you can do at home - or have him tell the Physical therapist to give you a list of exercises to do. Strengthening the neck muscles is very important in helping to keep from herniating more discs & causing more trouble.
Best of luck and God bless. Please keep us posted on your progress. Hugs, Lee
recovering alcoholic, sober since 7-29-93;severe depression; 2 open spinal surgeries; severe sciatica since 1986; epidurals; trigger points; myelograms; Rhizotomy; Racz procedure; spinal cord stimulator implant (and later removal); morphine pump trial (didn't work);now inoperable; lumpectomy; radiation; breast cancer survivor; heart attack; fibromyalgia; on disability.
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