I'm a 51 year old male and I'm a smoker. I've got chronic cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal problems that include degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, calcification (smoking?), and other problems. I'm currently asymptomatic for the most part in my C-spine and lumbar spine, and the majority of my pain is mid-back, especially on the left side of my spine. My latest thoracic MRI showed the following:
T5-T6 shows a small left paracentral disc protrusion
T6-T7 is normal
T7-T8 shows a moderate size left paracentral disc protrusion with impression of the lateral thecal sac.
T8-T9 shows a small left paracentral disc protrusion
T9-T10 shows a moderate size left paracentral disc protrusion with impression of anterolateral thecal sac.
T10-T11 and T11-T12 as well as L1-L2 are normal.
My question is, since I am a smoker, is there a surgical procedure that would correct the problems with my thoracic spine? There are neurosurgeons who simply won't operate on smokers due to the calcification. I experienced this first-hand when my cervical spine was causing most of my problems.
Thank you for any help or advice anyone has. I know one will be to quit smoking, which I'm working on!
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