I went back to see the neurosurgeon today and he "excused" me from the surgery list. YIPPEE....
He wrote me orders to go through physical therapy (to include aquatherapy) for the next 6 weeks. It also has ultrasound, massage, and strengthening listed on there.
His major concern is my foot drop issues I am having on the left side. He said the EMG indicated significant weakness on that side. If I don't show improvement by the end of Jan, he will want to do surgery.
So...here are my thoughts/questions (PLEASE post if you have any experience)..
Will the therapy or has it for you helped in the nerve not being pinched?
What in your experience helped the most to unpinch the nerve? At this point this is my biggest issue!!
I still wonder if traction or spinal decompression would help unpinch the nerve better?!?!? --- He said he didn't want me to do it right now though.
Has anyone had issues with the fragment from the disc calcifying? He "excused" me from surgery for now but then said next summer if an MRI shows the fragment calcifying I would have to have surgery for that.
I am trying to not look at that now. I was so excited I "dodged" one surgery for now. Maybe it's just cuz he is a surgeon?!?!?
Any thoughts / experiences would be GREATLY welcome!!!
Thanks...in the past few weeks this forum has been such a relief for me to come and read.