Hi everyone. I haven't posted here in many months but I'll just recap my situation. I'm a female college student with chronic neck pain that started about 3 years ago. I've been diagnosed with a c4-c5 and c5-c6 disc protrusion, the c4-c5 being the worse.
MRI's show spinal cord impingement at c4-c5 and I have corresponding symptoms such as weakness in my arms and hands, brisk reflexes in my arms, dropping things, etc. I had only seen an orthopedic surgeon about a year ago who basically told me i was not a candidate for surgery. I finally saw a neurosurgeon this year, about a month ago and they sent me for a new MRI and this one again shows "moderate disc bulge at c4-c5 that effaces the anterior CSF space." I was again, told that I am not a candidate for surgery. I assume it is because of my age, and not my actual condition. But I'm not sure.
I don't understand why I am not a candidate for surgery when I have spinal cord compression and symptoms of myelopathy. I'm looking for some insight. Should I take these two surgeons word for it, or seek a third opinion? I'm in pain every day and really am having a lot of trouble with my hands. I can't even play my guitar anymore because my finger movements are so jerky. I'm only 19 and don't think I should have to be a walking accident ready to happen. Advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.