Dear all, I have a bit of a dilemma. While I know that no one could make a decision of having a surgery for me, I'd really like to hear your thoughts.
I'm scheduled to have a 2-level ACDF (C 4-5, and C 5-6) in the end of June. I've been diagnosed with myelopathy. My symptoms are hand numbness, clumsiness and weird "electrical" buzzing in hand/feet. I've seen two specialists and both recommended surgery as my spinal cord is "severely" compressed by a disk herniation at C 5-6. I haven't been given the exact measurements, but my ortho estimated nearly 50%.
The problem is - I am in no pain whatsoever. I'm in no great discomfort (yet). While my neuro symptoms are unfortunate, I can certainly live with them. Not only that, I could swear all my symptoms are somewhat improving as weeks go on.
My doctors tell me that myelopathy only has a potential for worsening, not getting better. Still, I keep hoping.
It's just so hard to compare the possible future risks without the surgery, to the very real ones that come with one.
Did anyone delay their surgery due to lack of pain and was it a good decision?