I had an ACDF in 2000 at C5-6. In 2008 a disk herniation at C6-7 was discovered. My tests are showing nerve impingement which is causing pain & numbness in my arms/hands. I have severe neck & shoulder pain as well.
My OS says it's my decision whether to have surgery or not. He says regardless of what I do, I will be in pain for the rest of my life.
I don't know what to do. On one hand, if surgery will alleviate even SOME of the pain I am having it will be worth it. On the other hand, what if surgery causes me even MORE pain?
Any thoughts? My quality of life right now is already greatly compromised.
ACDF C5-C6 01/2002
ACDF C6-C7 12/2011
Prognosis: Permanent nerve damage in hands/arms, all treatment options exhausted-- lifetime CPP