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Thoracic prolapse. Help?

AmyCAAmyC Posts: 4
edited 07/17/2015 - 3:14 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have just joined and would be grateful for some advice...
I have a central prolapsed disc t10 / t11 and saw a first surgeon who barely spoke to me and put me immediately onto the waiting list for a trans / thoracotomy. I am lucky as work with doctors (am a mental health nurse) and one of my colleagues contacted a friend who is a more expert surgeon in this field.
I saw the 2nd surgeon a couple of days ago and he spent ages with me. I have the prolapse and symptoms but no signs which I take as great. He says I also have slipping bones, my spine is not aligned normally being forward slightly.
He said he would not operate until I am showing mylopathy due to the risks of surgery. That I accept (under normal circumstances) however I am 36 next year and want another baby. I have a 3 year old daughter. He has advised against it but cannot say for sure due to the rarity of this type of disc. He cannot really tell me anything. He is the only surgeon that does the thoracic surgery and says he only sees 2 thoracic prolapse per year.
I do get pain but I can manage it and live with it. The surgery would not be because of pain but because of the risk of paralysis. If the disc moves any further I am at a great risk of this. I only use accupuncture for pain.
It was thought that I had inflammatory arthritis however I have no idea if this is still the case now, I also have a lumber prolapse but they are not concerned with this unless I struggle with the pain.

Sorry for the long ramble. I am terrified and it is all so new. And devastated to be told not to have another baby. I look forward to any words of wisdom any of you can share.

Thank you

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