Thank you all for responding!
My doc is a neurosurgical spine specialist. I was referred to him by my neuromuscular rehab doc. He has performed a few EMG tests for carpal tunnel, left arm, and I have another pending in June for my right hand. He also did a spinal injection last October but it did nothing about
the numb ness and tingling I was having in my left ear and gradual spread into my left cheek and neck. That's about
when he decided to refer me to the neurosurgeon. I have an MRI image of my spine from September 2018, and it seems obvious, even to me and my spouse (who is somewhat clueless about
medical issues) that a there's a kink or bend and narrowing (stenosis wasn't mentioned but spondylosis and vertebral damage were in the following report. My chiropractor also took some X-rays and I was able to see that my cord is over to one side of the very top of the column.
I have a report on the XR from August 1, 2018 that reports:
"AP and lateral films of cervical spine as well as cone down view of the T1-2 region is performed.
The vertebral segments appear to be well maintained. Severe degenerative disc disease is seen at all levels between C3 and T1. Facet arthrosis moderate to severe in degree is seen throughout. The apices of the lungs are felt to be normal.
1. Moderate to marked degenerative spondylosis is seen throughout the cervical spine. There does not appear to be an obvious acute abnormal acute osseous abnormality or destructive change."
I live in a rural northern lower area of northwest Michigan. We do have larger hospitals that are affiliated with McLaren and or Munson. He has privileges at both. The actual hospital is Charlevoix Area Hospital now, affiliated with Munson as well as my PCP. Our rehab in town is also affiliated with Munson. I live about
20 minutes from it and although it's in a rural community Charlevoix county, it's a fairly wealthy one. I actually prefer the smallness because the care to patients has a better ratio. If something were to go wrong the trip to Petoskey is about
McLaren in Petoskey is the next closest, then Munson in Traverse City. The network is fairly new and huge. If I needed care that would be beyond the capabilities in norther MI I would go to Ann Arbor, but that's a haul of at least 6 hours each way. So, I'm fairly comfortable that the doc I'm seeing is about
as competent as needed.
What concerns me most right now is what to prepare for once I'm home. Supplies, pain management and possibly in home care with my wound care or who knows!
So glad to find this support forum right now as my anxiety triggers are beginning to kick in!To be clearer, the doc addressed the reason for doing both surgeries is urgency. I hope he makes that clear to Meridian!
Post Edited (Allisonthebaker) : 4/5/2019 11:54:34 AM (GMT-6)