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I'd appreciate any advice from people who might have been in a similar situation to me.
I'm a 50 year old active male. About 18 months ago I fell off my mountain bike and landed on my head. I had some tingles and numbness in my arms for a short time (20 seconds maybe) so my riding buddies played it safe and called an ambulance.
I was given the all clear in hospital, but the x-rays showed up some bone spurs compressing the spinal cord between c5 & c6. The doctors recomended that I have them removed and the disks fused, and also suggested NOT doing any contact sport (including biking).
18 months on, I have no symptoms that concern me and I'm leading a normal, healthy, active life, including mountain biking. But finally I have been given a date for the operation, and I'm having second thoughts.
It seems most people have the operation to relieve symptoms, and it does seem to be very invasive and have a long recovery period.
For me, it's purely a risk issue - I know that if I have an accident, I have a higher risk of spinal damage with the bone spurs being there than if they were not there. But in day to day life, I have no issues.
After my initial consultation, I was all for having the operation as the risks worried me, but now I hardly give it a second thought. After all, I was probably living with these bone spurs for several (many?) years before they were noticed. Hmm, sometimes ignorance IS bliss
I know there's no right or wrong answer, but I just wanted to see if there was a balance of opinion, or some other thoughts that I may not have considered. Thanks