I have been searching since I was 17 for what was causing my odd gait. People at school used to make fun of the way I walked. I grew up had kids and eventually my problems walking got so pronounced that people kept saying what's wrong with you and all I could say is that my back burned and my hips hurt. I received the diagnosis of foot drop and was isued AFO braces. They looked and looked for the reason I had this issue. Never could find it. I have been tested for everything from MS MD and CP to hip displasia. Thankfully none of these apply. I started seeing a new neurologist after my last one said he just didn't know what was wrong. And I was beginning to get discouraged because they were looking for why my back burned and my hips hurt and why I couldn't pick my leg up to walk and we weren't getting anywhere except to find out that I have bursitis in my hips. This is why I have been in a wheelchair for 3 years. So they started concentrating on my carpel tunnel and discover that I had a pinched nerve in my neck. So off to another MRI I went. And they told me that I had severe spinal compression in my c4 c5 and c6 area. I was like ok. Until I saw the neurosurgeon and the MRI images and it was horrifying. He said I had a pancake for a spinal cord. And that everything below my compression area was scarred and probably wouldn't heal. My husband who has been supportive of me through this all finally had to concede that I may not get out of this chair. The neurosurgeon told my husband when he asked if the surgery that I am having in 4 days (acdf ) would help me with my ability to walk that it was more of a keep me from getting worse thing that a make me better thing. Where do u go with that. I am trying to look at it as step one to maybe feeling better since I have been on step zero for 20 years. At this point quality of life is my concern. I am not even 40 and I don't want to give up.