Well, I finally was able to see a neurosurgeon. I went to the ER at another hospital here and they referred me to their neurosurgeon that was on call. What followed was a big hassle and stressed me out-the woman who I first talked to at his office dismissed me and said he doesn't take cases like yours.
Since it was an ER referral they had to see me according to the ER doctor so I pressed for it and also talked to the patient rep at the hospital who called them. I saw them last Thursday and the NS told me I had significant compression of the spinal cord at C5-6 that needed to be addressed plus he would also do C4-5 if I decided to have the surgery. He said that there is basically no room for the spinal cord in the spinal canal. He said that since all conservative treatment has failed the next step is surgery. So I decided to do it.
I was worried about paying for it but I called the hospital and she said that as long as I was approved for CICP and the doctor accepts CICP they would pay. So that takes a load off my mind since it's "yes" to both.
I went out yesterday and bought 9 button down sweaters to wear during the recovery and plan on buying some pudding and yogurt beforehand. I already have jello-came in handy when I was sick while taking the pain meds and neurontin. I plan on doing my cleaning and laundry the two days before the surgery. I have plenty of stuff to keep me occupied during the recovery process and a big comfy recliner. I have no date yet but he said last Thursday that they were scheduling 3-4 weeks out. I also have to get another MRI before the surgery since the last one was in July.