Hello everyone. I'm new here to this forum and wanted to get some input re: my upcoming neck surgery.
First of all I am 53 years old, considered morbidly obese (185lbs/5'tall), and have been diagnosed with progressive Cervical Myelopathy. Most recent MRI confirms multilevel DDD, Spondylosis, Kyphosis and Neural Impingement. Both my Neurologist and NS explained that it was "NECESSARY" to have the surgery in light of my newest neurological symptoms and obvious progression (and potential?) of SC impingement. I am currently scheduled for surgery August 16th but am starting to have 2nd thoughts!
I also have significant lower back pain (for several years now) with MRI showing some slight bulging and narrowing there as well. The pain shoots down into my R buttock, around my R thigh, down my leg and into my foot. This in itself has prevented me from working. This is what caused me to pursue medical help and have tried several modalities to no avail. The doctors became immediately focused on my neck instead and my low back has now become a secondary concern in comparison. I did not understand why until just now due to the SC issues. My neck has been an issue for me since I was in my early 20's, with Drs dismissing me due to my age and "mild" evidence; however, now my neck doesn't hurt nearly as bad as my low back, yet they are more concerned with the need for surgery.
My symptoms are: pain, stiffness and extreme ltd ROM in both neck and back; clonus and hyper-reflexes of extremities; pain, numbness and tingling both hands and fingers; balance issues; positive Romberg and minor bladder concerns.
My Q's for consideration are this: 1)Is it possible that significant weight loss would resolve my neck problems, preventing me from needing surgery? Anybody have positive experience with this? 2) Will recovery with my neck likely increase the pain and related issues with my back and leg?
I know this is just opinion and insight only but will really appreciate any feedback.