Hi! I am having an ACDF in 10 days on the C6/C7 level. I have other cervical levels with issues (please see profile) but none as bad as the C6/C7 level. My symptoms include numbness, weakness, clumsiness, shaky (like tremors), plus neck and arm pain. I went to several doctors and specialists with Medicaid and was "non"-diagnosed and sent home to live with the pain. Then Medicaid cancelled me X( and I got new insurance so I followed through with an orthopedic surgeon consultation I had previously set up where I was diagnosed with cervical myelopathy. He recommended surgery ASAP because he said after looking at my MRI images that my spinal cord was severely compressed. He ordered a myelogram the day before the surgery. The order also indicated potential ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament.
Now a week and a half later, I have been having a good week. The pain has not been as bad, though the numbness has spread to new places (my face and tongue sometimes!). The weakness is the same as is the ringing in my ears. Because I am having a good week, I am also having this irrational (?) fear that after my myelogram next Tuesday, the doctor will come in to see me and say " April Fools! You don't need surgery now!"
So I guess my question is, based on everyone else's experiences, can a spinal cord decompress itself in a matter of a month? Do the symptoms of cervical myelopathy vary that much from day to day?
Even with the pain better this week, the other symptoms are still present so I would literally just die if I get told I should just manage the symptoms with injections again, which do nothing for my main symptoms! :S