I have been in considerable pain for the past couple of weeks with left radiculopathy. My doctor sent me for an MRI and I got the results back. I am Male, 37 and with a couple of young kids absolutely terrified about the prospect of surgery . Currently, the pain has actually dissipated a bit in the past week, but I have very little strength in my left triceps.
I did see a neuro surgeon and he did a few strength tests on my left arm. I did ok with a couple of them, but he did one where he pushed against my forearm and I had absolutely no strength or resistance at all. His recommendation was a partial discectomy on C7.
So...I am just pretty scared at this point about surgery. Part of me wonders if I just leave it or go and see a chiropractor again, will it get better by itself? The neuro surgeon felt that it would probably get worse with the potential of permanent damage if I didn't have the partial discectomy.
Any feedback really would be much appreciated, because I am pretty terrified and sad right now. Here are the MRI results:
C5-6: Posterior osteophyte disc complex is demonstrated. Mild central stenosis is noted. Severe bilateral foraminal narrowing is present, greater on the left.
C6-7: Spondylitic changes are present. Posterior osteophyte-disc complex is noted. A left paramedian disc protrustion is present.
1. Spondylitic change at C5-6. Mild central stenosis is noted. Severe bilateral foraminal narrowing is present.
2. Posterior osteophyte disc complex at C6-7 with small left paramedian protrusion noted.
Thanks everyone. I am going with the assumption that surgery is going to be necessary, but is it as scary as I imagine it to be and might these problems be resolved with it?