I saw the Neuro Surgeon today my DO had referred me to. My DO said based on MRI's I needed major Cervical Spine Surgery involving c3 thru c7. The Surgeon looked at the MRI's but said they were too fuzzy for him. He said that happens sometimes with Open MRI's.
He ordered CAT Scans done of my Cervical Spine. He said sometimes a mylegram is done but he does not have that done unless absolutely necessary.
He asked me how long I'd been in pain and how bad. He asked me if I thought I needed surgery. I told him 'yes! I have been in pain for a year and a half. I've had x-rays and MRI's done of my elbows and arms. The Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Elbow Replacement said I had minor arthritis but nothing to write home about in my elbows.
My DO had done nerve conduction tests and concluded I needed neck MRI's.
I like the Neuro Surgeon I am seeing. He seems like he wants to be thorough and see precisely what needs to be done before he does it.
So, I shall continue on disability in the meantime and let you guys know when I know more.