Hi Everyone -
Great to have a community of people out there - thanks for the support.
Has anyone had surgery based on a concerning MRI alone? I am in no pain, and have had very few symptoms typical of the severity of the stenosis/disc herniation I have in C 6/7. I've seen four different neurosurgeons, 3 want to operate, 1 is on the fence, and 1 says 'not right now/check back in 6 mos'. (It would be a two level ACDF. My C 5/6 is not looking great either.)
Here's the scoop - they all agree that the MRI is concerning. The ones who want to operate say that the problem will likely get worse, that there is no real benefit of waiting - just risk of a bad fall/accident, etc. The ones on the fence say 'let's wait for more symptoms' to make the call.
I originally got the MRIs done b/c I was experiencing intermittent leg numbness when picking up my 2-yr-old. No pain, just weird - my knees would buckle and I'd have to sit down. That eventually led to an MRI of the neck. In the last month, I've had 2-3 times total where I've felt a very low grade electric shock down my arms, usually after working on the computer nonstop or bending down to clean, etc. Rarely happens. (Some doctors think the leg numbness is related to the c-spine, some don't. At this point, it's more about the compression itself - regardless of the leg numbness.)
Another plot twist - my husband and I also want to get pregnant in the coming months. That adds a whole new curveball on everything, a I'd clearly like to avoid surgery while pregnant.
What to do? I've stewed about this non-stop, can't sleep at night - anxious about making the call one way or the other. Any insights out there would be GREATLY appreciated.
Wishing all of you a healthy outcome. God bless!