Hi Patrick....I would definitely call the Dr. back and ask if you can start on the Lyrica in the meantime.
I would also make sure that if he says you need surgery after seeing the MRI...I would go and get a 2nd opinion...Making sure that it's with a Board Certified Neurosurgeon.
And for me, personally, I only would have surgery to prevent paralysis and any type of nerve damage and only after trying literally every modality possible to help. It's really not a good surgery to take away all the pain unless someone's primary pain is all nerve pain. I was lucky that it did take away this part for me.
Anyway...thanks for updating us....and hope he oks the Lyrica.....
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006