My husband really wants me to do it. My doctor (rheumatologist - I have mild SLE lupus and have for 20 years) really wants me to do it.
I am REALLY unclear what the chances are going to be of needing future fusions once this is done, and how soon.
I am very confused.
I have been to two Orthopedists and three neurosurgeons who all say that my only option is this surgery if I want to get out of pain. That I don't have to do it now - it is up to me, but at some point I will have to have it, because the disk is herniated, and really collapsed, and there are bone spurs that are also right there causing severe stenosis.
I was really messed up with pain and tingling in April, May and June but after Physical Therapy and Acupunture I have the pain level where I can stand it...and the tingling too. ALthough now my feet are tingling and that is driving me crazy. My neurosurgon says the tingling in the feel is not related, but I just can't believe it is not related.
I have bad days and good days at this point but as long as I don't use my neck too much and use an ice pack I can stand it.
I just don't know if I should put off surgery or go for it.