Debbie, sorry to read things are not going so good for you right now. If it has been 3 yrs since your last MRI, well, you are way past due for another one. Like RM said, none of us are drs here at the forum, but any time you have a nerve problem, such as a pinched nerve, if nothing is done to get the pressure off of the nerve there is a possibility of further damage and it becoming permanent. Once the nerve damage becomes permanent there is no going back. Can a dr say this will happen, no, no one can say one way or the other but it is a possibility. This happened to a friend of mine, surgery was recommended and she was terrified. She had never had any kind of surgery before and decided she would wait things out. She waited too long and by the time she did have the surgery, the nerve problem was too far gone. Her surgery did fix some other problems she had going on, but she said if she could have done it over again, she would not have waited on having surgery.
We do have people here at the forum that have had back surgeries. You have to remember their situation is totally different from yours and not all back surgeries are failures. I saw lots and lots of spinal surgeries when I worked and in over 20 years saw very few failures. A lot of the failures were from patients either not doing as they were instructed by their dr which is so important after surgery or the dr in question was not a good dr to begin with. You will never hear a patient say their failure was a result of something they did, it is always someone elses fault. A dr will never admit he messed up because then that could be a mal-practice lawsuit. If you talk to a lot of people about
any kind of surgery, generally it becomes a contest of who hurt the most or who was in the worse condition before surgery and it does nothing but terrify the person needing the surgery.
The best thing to do is if you are or become a surgical candidate, talk to your dr explain your fears, ask him to see if one of his patients that he has done surgery on would be willing to meet with you in his office so you can speak to someone first hand that has been there. This is not an unusual request either and do not be afraid to ask the dr this.
Take care and let us know how you are coming along.
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Post Edited (straydog) : 1/19/2012 3:04:51 PM (GMT-7)