Hi I have DDD and have had 1 surgery to date, a cervical corepectomy of the C5,C6,C7 with plate and screws. I have been experiencing pain in my right thigh, calf and ankle pain and have had an MRI and visit with the Neurosurgeon that did my earlier surgery. I was told to hold off on the lumbar L5-S1 fusion unitl the pain gets to the unbarable stage. She has already said that I have some diminished feeling in my right leg. My question is why waiting is a good option, won't the nerve damage be progressed by the time the pain is worse? Do most folks wait for the pain to be horrible before they resort to surgery? This is very confusing, I have been told the cervical surgery is mild in comparison to lumbar surgery, but I am afraid to wait unitl the nerves are irreversably damaged.
Any and all advice is appreciatied.
Thanks :S :??