I recently experienced numbness in right hand index and middle finger and went for MRI. Results showed moderate disc degeneration at c5-6 and osteophyte formation.
Went to a neurologist and he tested my reflexes. Test showed that my problem was at c7 and not what the MRI indicated.
The neurologist says that I should only consider surgery when I experience weakness or unbearable pain. This is contrary to what my orthopaedic surgeon who is recommending surgery.
Am a bit worried now that after 3 weeks of physiotherapy, there isn't much improvement in the numbness. Other than this numbness, the pain is bearable.
Asking for advice for those who have done surgery:-
1. Should I just go ahead for surgery?
2. Why is MRI showing different diagnosis than the neurologist examination? Can MRI be wrong and if the surgeon operated on the wrong level, then wouldn't the patient be taking a big risk?
Any advice is appreciated.