I have just been diagnosed with disc herniation with myelopathy by a neurosurgeon from an MRI. It is cervical at C5 & C6. The NS also said that I have spinal stenosis. Basically the NS told me that I have to have fusion surgery because otherwise if I trip and fall or have a fender bender I could be partially paralyzed.
What is crazy to me is that I had had some shoulder pain but it had subsided. I wasn't in pain when I went to my GP and I mentioned tingling in my right shoulder, arm and hand for 4 months just offhand because it didn't concern me (I was there for something else). My GP sent me for an MRI because he thought it might be my neck. When my GP got the MRI results he told me that he was surprised with the results and thought I should see a neurosurgeon right away.
I'm surprised at the suggestion of surgery when I am relatively pain free and only have the tingling. The NS told me the only treatment for myelopathy is surgery. He told me that he doesn't use bone grafts or cadaver bones but instead just uses titanium. He also said I won't have to wear a neck brace.
I'm concerned because I'm not sure how long I will have to be out of work (desk job) if I agree to surgery.
I go for a second opinion with an OS on August 21.
Anyway, I'm glad I found these boards so I can get some real information about what it is really like from people who have gone through this.