New to this forum and based in England but not found any forums of this nature in my own country, so hoping to tap into your expertise.
A scan in 2006 showed disc protrusions at C5/6 and C6/7. Consultant felt no need to operate as pain not radiating down arms and operations would not solve neck-only problems.I get muscle spasms and headaches.About 10 months ago woke up with loss of strength down right arm, very strange as could not pin-point or really describe it. Low level pain...more of a sensation.
I cannot use tennis racket or go bowling as this is very painful but normal day to stuff like driving and using keyboard not a problem. About 6 months ago had about 2 weeks where swallowing really uncomfortable when neck turned slightly to right but this went and is not a problem now.
Just had another scan and consultant showed me that the disc between c5/6 is now bulging out right and left onto nerves on both sides and that it he can remove it and put in carbonfibre cage to fuse bones. Interestingly the disc below is not bulging any more.
Big question is, do I do it? Surgeon says he can sort it...operation will be free on our National Health Service.He dis my lower back and I have faith in him. I would love to get freedom from this, but level of pain is not usually high, some physio and drugs sort it it out (I have been on low levels of pregabalin for 2 years. From what I have seen on US forums lots of people seem to be in a worse state after the operation. Once it is fused there is no going back ( no pun intended)and there appears to be a theory that fusion can lead to stress on other discs later in life.
I should say, I have had lower back problems for many years (now 51 but had them for at least 20 years) and a discectomy at L4/5 in 2004.
Any thought or comments would be really appreciated. Thanks.