I have had an MRI of my neck that found:
spinal canal developmentally small
C2/C3 mild endplate changes, no stenosis
C3/C4 mild disc degeneration, small left herniation, abuts but doesn't touch the cord
C4/C5 moderate disc degeneration, large herniation indents the thecal sac and touches cord, causes severe narrowing
C5/C6 moderate disc degenaration, small osteophytes, endplate changes, moderate herniation indents the thecal sac and compresses cord, moderately narrows canal.
C6/C7 mild disc degeneration, osteophytes, currently my largest hernaition, indents the thecal sac and compresses the anterior aspect of the cord, severe stenosis
T2/T3 mild disc bulging but no stenosis
I have myelomalacia, nerve pain and tingling, numbness in left arm and hand. I also have sharp pain that has increased in my mid back. I'm not sure if it is radiating from the neck or I need a thoracic MRI.
I have seen 2 ortho and 1 neuro surgeon who all recommended a 3 Level Anterior Cervical Disc Fusion C4/C5, C5/C6, C6/C7.
I have researched Artificial Disc Replacement and have found 3 level success stories and horror stories. A 3 level is very different that 1 level in a very healthy spine in my opinion. The USA states multi level issues, osteophytes, dissqualifies you for ADR but not in Europe. I'm also very allergic to nickel which may be an issue with a fusion or an ADR. I'm 41 year old female who is afraid of fusion causing more herniations and surgeries down the road, but also concerned of ADR if it fails as well I have been told it is a painful revision if you can even get it or be a candidate for it.
Any advice from people in a similar situation would be greatly appreciated.
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