I recently received copies of my cervical MRI scan, I have a few bulging discs, C4-C7 nerve impingement at C6/C7 and I have symptoms which correlate to C6 and C7 with numbness to fingers and thumb.
I have quite severe pain in my neck and across shoulders and artificial disc replacement and fusion at one level has been mentioned.
I am an NHS patient in the UK, you do have to fight tooth and nail to be seen, never mind operated on if you don't have spinal cord compression or severe nerve damage.
I am worried about leaving surgery until my condition worsens further, as I do seem to get worse every year.
I suppose my question is does anyone think surgery should wait, or should surgery be considered when you have had symptoms on-going for 10 years.
I have tried nerve block injections, epidural, pain courses to help cope with the pain, numerous drugs including pregabalin and muscle relaxants.
I am so fed up with not being able to work, I have lost much of my independence as driving is almost impossible.
I would prefer disc replacement to fusion, but don't know whether I will be given the option.
I have uploaded the image to my account, but don't know if you can upload them on a thread to give a larger image?
Thank you to anyone who can give me any advice.