I'm new to the forums and haven't posted before. I'm in a couple of other online forums but this one seems far more comprehensive. My biggest issue at the moment is with my cervical spine, although I have issues with my lumbar too but holding off on that until the neck is dealt with for now.
I have straightening of the lordosis, osteophytes, foraminal narrowing (mild to moderate), 3 bulging discs - in a nutshell. I've done PT, meds, bilateral foraminal injections and a cervical cortisone epidural with no results thus far. Most of my symptoms are in my arms down to my fingers, although my neck is sore.
One neurosurgeon has recommended that if the conservative measures don't work, that he would do an anterior fusion from C4-7. I saw a 2nd opinion neurosurgeon who I actually like better who recommends posterior laminectomies at 5, 6, 7 (and something else at 7 but can't remember) with plastic sort of spacers (he learned to do this procedure during his internship/residency at the Mayo Clinic and did at least a thousand of them there) - no fusion. He has sent me to have a nerve test first but he's assuming that the results will be negative.
I guess what I don't know is how MUCH information to post. I don't know what all to include in my signature. And my real question at this point is about the posterior approach and if anyone else has had that sort of surgery as I'm very seriously considering it at this point. I've read a lot and can't seem to come up with the "plastic spacer" part of the laminectomy information either so hoping someone else might have had this done.
Thanks for any help/direction!