i have to echo what fatherjohn said, but you already know some of this - the part about
us all being different. I know about
waiting and nerve injury. I had a double lumbar fusion late in 2007 which didn't help anything, and only added new symptoms. It SEEMS when I read here cervical fusions have better success rates, but I think it's always important to remember the people who have successful outcomes probably aren't posting here.
I did a lot of research on medscape.com (which also links to medine.com - where you can access medical research, and mostly it's free). I printed out lots of articles about
various surgical procedures and outcomes, and even though I didn't understand everything I read I learned a lot. I had two opinions; the first doctor was older and told me he wouldn't recomend surgery; the doctor at the large medical center I went to gave me a high % of success. Guess who was right? There is no easy answer to this.
I wonder because you have so many different symptoms if I were in your shoes I'd want to know as precisely as possible what's causing various symptoms, because it sounds like cervical surgery may only address some of your symptoms. But I also think hard about
whether I regret my surgery, and probably at my age things were worsening anyway, and I would have always wondered if surgery would have helped. My surgeon would like to do another, more extensive surgery to remove the scar tissue but I've said no. Multiple surgeries don't seem to have good outcomes; more scar tissue just forms.
This probably isn't helping much, but learn a lot and ask a lot of questions of your doctors about
what surgery would and wouldn't help.
BTW, would RF be a possbility for you?
Post Edited (PAlady) : 2/16/2009 11:47:53 PM (GMT-7)