Hello to Everyone,
I just joined this forum today, searching for answers to the diagnosis that I received today from my Neurosurgen.
Today was my first first with this Dr. and I was surprised to learn that I had a critical problem and needed immediate surgery. He showed me my xrays and MRI and explained that my spinal cord was compressed 40% and that I ran the risk of permanet damage to my spinal cord resulting in death or paralysis. He recommended that I have spinal fusion/cage surgery.
In the past I have been evaluate and treated by a neurologist for pain in my forearms, hands and feet. Was diagnosed as having small fiber disease and placed on Lyrica. I also had carpal tunnel surgery for pain in hand with no relieve.
I'm not asking anyone to give me a medical evaluation based on this information but would like to know if anyone has every been told that 40% compression on the spinal cord is a life threatening or a permanetly disabiling situation.
I am, of course, quite concerned about my situation but somewhat skeptical of the diagnosis. I am in the process of
trying to find another neurosurgen for a second opinion.
In the mean time, I am trying to get as much information as I can so I can make an informed decision.
I would be greatful for any comments and information referrals that can be given.