Do you know when surgery is indicated? I'd be grateful for any advice.
Moderate tingling/burning in both hands about 2 months ago. More recently it's pain, numbness and intermittent "electric shocks." Finally got an x-ray and was directed to a spine surgeon. My symptoms during the neuro exam: Extremely stiff/immoble neck, pain in both hands, weakness in on. Failed the tandem walking test, positive Babinksi response. Clumsy, wobbly legs, bad balance.
MRI today shows mild spinal cord compression at C 4-5, C 5-6 due to mild/moderate disc herniations, osteophytes and vertebral instability. Moderate spinal stenosis.
So the MRI seems pretty benign mostly mild). But my symptoms are quite bad. The wobbly walking has been around about 3 years, after a burst fracture at T-12. That was successfully treated surgically. No one could understand why I had such trouble with walking/balance, it should not have happened. Now I am concerned my "wobbling" and gait abnormalities could be the spinal cord compression. Can even mild compression created so many problems? Would love to hear your thoughts/experiences, thank you!