I am a 36 year old active female who presents with severe spinal cord impingement from large protruding discs at the C3-C6 levels, as well as severe left and right forminal narrowing and spinal cord edema at those levels as well.
I have had numbness off and on for over a year which has moved from the left arm to more recently both arms as well as pressure headaches in my head and extreme muscle tightness around the neck. I finally had dr. who would request a MRI which showed above.
I met with a neurosurgeon today and am working on getting back up opinions, yet I was given the choice of the laminoplasty or fusion at those levels. I also present with a flat/straight neck. It seems like both routes open myself up for future surgeries. Either because the fusion causes damage to the disc below, necessating a need for a fusion below; or because of my straight neck might eventually cause my head to tip requiring a fusion at that point...
I am not sure how to proceed. Has anyone had anything similar?
Katherine E Long