My surgery was scheduled for Oct. 7th. But like many of you I have been going back and fort about doing the surgery or not. Well I talked to the NS and like I mentioned before, he also has neck issuee but uses the traction once or 2ice a year. I decided that If my pain is not excrusiating then I will wait until things a very unbareable.
Been doing the traction and feel fine. Only have the stiff neck in the morning..little tingling and numbnes on thumb and index finger, but other then that i'm fine.
Doctor did advise not to go on rigurous rides or do anything rough :? I asked if was in any danger of getting paralized and he said No, then I asked if I stand a change of getting paralized if I were to get hit from the back or anything like that and the response was " I'm not trained to look at an MRI to determine if you could or could not get paralized" :? Now that answer did bother me a little bit , but I decided not to dwell on it and just move on, If things get really bad I can always get this surgery done.
He said the longer you can wait to do this surgery, the better because getting a 3 level fusion most likely will cause the other disc to deteriate sooo if you get surgery done at an early age he says then you will most likely need another surgery again! He said most people who get it done early usually have to get another surgey in about 10 to 12 years. And he said that this surgery can put a toll on ones body. I didn't want to deal with that right now.
The ROM thing and if I could get paralized those were the determining factors for me.