I have had a 4 level Fusion, S1/L5 to L2 ,in my Lumbar Spine to correct severe DDD and isthmic Spondylolithesis as well as Scoliosis.
During the last 5-6 Years I have had progressively more and more painful Episodes of Neck,Shoulder and Arm Pain,also caused by severe DDD from C3/4 to C6/7.I have bulging Discs at the same Levels.
Since I have been advised by my Surgeon,not to do anything about the Pain right now,until such a Time ,when I find it necessary to pursue Surgery,I am really quite confused as to when the "right Time" would be.
What would be the deciding factor and what Things would I not be able to do,before I pursue Surgery?I am also very reluctant and afraid to have cervical Spine Surgery,as there seem to be a lot of Risks involved. :S
Perhaps someone,who has gone through Neck Surgery can explain things to me and maybe answer my Questions?I would really appreciate that.