I am new here and have been reading alot of posts. I am very scard! I have degenerative disc disease c3-4 thru c6-7. Another term I have is cervical spondylotic myelopathy. I did get a second opinion and the out come was the same. I'm being told that if left alone, I am expected to deteriorate neurologically and am at a unacceptable risk for catastrophic injury even with minor trama. C3-4 has impingement into the spinal canel and some degree of retrolisthesis so 4 level discectomy and fusion with bone grafting and plate placement is recommended by the 2nd opinion.
So much of this is jibber jabber to me. It's all so difficult to understand!
My fears are very real and I'm trying to keep with the positive instead of the negitive.
I'm 51 and never imagined I'd fall apart health wise as I have in the last few years. I thought my pain was from strees until I started being woken up by not being able to lift my arms and like they were on fire, the 3rd time I started the doctor(s) journies.
Looking forward to all responces & advise.