My first neurosurgeons/orthopedic surgeon appointments are early july and mid june. (I have stenosis).
PCP mentioned that surgery may not be only treatment. What other treatments? physical therapy? traction? Are they effective? I read somewhere that neurosurgeons are not aware that real success rate for 1 level surgery is only 70% (10% needs a redo or surgery at another level, i m not sure what other 20% are,I guess no improvement from surgery). Surgeons mentions 95% success rate for 1 level which really means 1 year followup where surgery did not do major mess up (Usually patient's condition is not much improved at that point).
What are the real options? Do surgery and take the risk?
My report seems serious "C4-C5 narrowing, C5-C6 severe narrowing, possible myelomalacia, C6-C7 severe narrowing and flattening". My primary care does not seem to worry much either. He says "possible myelomalacia means possible not 100%". I have pain in my shoulder/head and numbness & swallowing difficulty on my throat. Overall quality (pain &numbness) of life is so poor I took 50% time off from work during last three months.
Should I avoid carrying any weights? Any precautions?
MRI shows C4-C7 severe steonosis. Pain in hand.