I saw the second opinion neuro today referred to me by my neurosurgeon who will be doing my cervical surgery. I really liked this surgeon. He was friendly. He explained the MRI clearly to me.
He showed me where the disc between C-5 and C-6 is really pressing hard on the nerve root. He said that bone spurs were also doing the same.
He said he is going to recommend to my neuro to first have an EMG done. I asked him whether he thought a laminectomy or a discectomy should be done. He said it could go either way, although he leaned toward the acdf one level.
I don't totally understand an EMG although I read it can assess the amount of nerve damage that has already been done. I'm calling my neuro tomorrow to find out if I see him next or if his office is scheduling the EMG first.
I'll keep everyone up to date as this develops further. In the meantime my pain has gotten quite a bit worse in the past month. The sooner surgery happens the better in my opinion.