So, I had my appt today and it went well. He reviewed the CT myelogram with me and said that it showed several disc herniations throughout my t-spine, which is quite surprising being that I'm only 29 years old. He said in some cases this is due to a genetic condition that may appear later in life. The worst of the discs are T8-T9 and T9-T10, both of which are compressing my spinal cord. I asked him if he thought a chiropractor would help, and he confirmed what many of you said...most chiro's won't touch you if they know you have herniated discs.
He feels surgery is a good option for me due to my symptoms, however, it will not involve a thoracotomy, which is what I was fearful of. He said he'll make two small incisions in my back, in the areas of the herniated discs, and basically take the pressure off of my spine. It's done on an outpatient basis, so I won't have to stay in the hospital. He said it likely won't take my pain completely away, which I already knew, but he believes it'll help quite a bit. He said I'll need a significant amount of help with the kids for at least the first two weeks, and then I'll start PT after that. I feel good about this. I didn't realize that they could do this surgery from the back. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time!