Okay, so I got to see a NS much more quickly than I thought I would. He pointed out the herniated disk, pinched nerve, etc at C6-7. We went over my symptoms and my past treatment and he recommended fusion. He gave me all kinds of information/options, contingencies, etc. Since I have an occupation that is hard on the neck and since I probably will not be released to work again without some kind of correction, I am seriously pondering the surgery option.
So, one question I have is if anyone else is in a laborious job that requires a lot of heavy work, dexterity, working in odd positions (picture a plumber stuffed under your sink)? If so, what is your before and after experiences with doing your job? BTW, I'm not a plumber :-)
Another thought that occured to me: How long before you can drive after a fusion?
I'll have 200 more questions later...
Wayne (AKA Lumpy)