Greetings to all. I went and got a second opionion from a leading Ortho spine specialist. Boy was his interpitation different. My NS if you recall thought my problem was a medical mystery and disputed every radiologic and EMG finding. He wanted to do a foraminotomy but wouldn't guarantee that it would help with my weakness. I see this new Dr and his interpitation was very frightening.He was very alarmed by the weakness and said my tricep,deltoid and bicep muscle were all involved. He stated it wasn't a mystery to him and that I needed surgery ASAP to prevent any further nerve damage. He wants to do a 2 level ACDF, flip me over and do a foraminotomy. I had a horrible time digesting all of this information because I had hoped for better news. He went on to explain that the C5 6 had a large central herniation which was causing compression. There were also large osteophytes pressing on different areas. What a huge difference in opinions!!! Do I have time for a 3rd opinion? My instincts about the NS was correct. I almost feel like he is hiding something. Why he would continue to deny there was a problem is a mystery to me! However the Ortho Spine scared the heck out of me !!!
Who do you beleive? Any suggestions? He told me straight out that surgery was emergent to save the arm muscles. When will this all end??? Any input is appreciated because my faith is failing in these Drs ideas. Bethy