I've been diagnosed with Schuermann's disease since I was a pre-teen, and having been living with back pain for over 10 years now. I recently had a Intrathecal Pain Pump implant a few months ago, which is doing a way better job of controlling my pain without the legions of narcotics that I was on previously.
Here's my problem...
Last week I had a follow up with my PM doctor. At the appointment I brought up a strange symptom I've been having, that I thought might be related to my pump. For the past few months I've been waking up in the night (or when I first wake up in the morning) and my fingers are numb. It's always my pinkie and ring finger, or my thumb and pointer. At first I thought I might just be sleeping on them wrong and my hand was falling asleep, but I realized that I'd wake up with my hand straight out in front of me (not bent in any way to cause it to fall asleep) and it would still happen. Plus it doesn't have a tingling sensation, it honestly has no sensation at all. At best it just seems kind of like they're cramped, and at worst my fingers will be curled or bent and I can't physically move them without using my other hand to hold them straight (they absolutely lose all feeling). This only usually goes on for a few minutes and then fades once I start moving around.
Well, when I told the doctor this, he said that he thinks it's cervical stenosis. Because my disease is degenerative, he thinks that it may have just progressed to this point.
My PM suggested a cervical MRI to get a better idea of what we're working with, but I'm feeling unsure. I don't want to just get an MRI to know that I have progression of my disease - I had to do that when I was younger to track the progression of the Scheurmann's, but it always just depressed me because there is nothing they can do but treat the symptoms.
Any suggestions on what I should do? My PM wants to do the MRI so we have a baseline to watch it from, and if it shows it's bad enough, then possibly look at a surgical intervention. What are the surgical options for this? Any advice?