I had my neurosurgeon follow-up Wednesday. Right before the follow-up I figured out I had been miscounting the vertebrae in my MRI, so even though I had been right in insisting the foraminal narrowing was there, I was incorrect in the level of the cervical spine that I was saying it was present at. It is on the right side of the C7-T1 level. So anyway, I get to the appointment, the neurosurgeon comes in... He says he's been over my imaging, says there's no way I need surgery, it won't help me, and he's discharging me from his practice.
He says "Good right?" all cheerfully and I just start crying and say "No." He promptly gets up, says "Surgery won't help you, no one will touch you, and if you find a surgeon crazy enough to do it don't let them." Then walks out of the room without leaving any room open for questions or explanations or anything.
My MRI shows foraminal narrowing due to a mild disc bulge at the C7-T1 level. It is definitely causing nerve root irritation because all of my symptoms line up TO THE T with these findings. I have been disabled and in pain for EIGHT MONTHS by this. I have tried all of the proper conservative therapies with no luck. I am only 24 and I am losing my career and my life because of this. Alternative causes have been tested for, looked into, and ruled out. I am living on hydrocodone and a crapload of other medications to keep myself functional and despite all this medication I am still in pain and having a lot of trouble getting through each day.
It's not making much sense to me. From all of my research it certainly sounds to me like surgery would be a consideration in my case...am I wrong? Am I really supposed to just live like this forever?
Microlaminectomy and discectomy at C7-T1 on April 26th.