I went to the neuro surgeon today for the results of last weeks mri scan and the results were not as I hoped. They weren't disastrous but it appears i have osteoarthritis throughout the spine, the 4 burst discs in my neck that they knew about but now my spine is starting to go in the wrong direction and the discs are now compressing severely into my spinal cord. Also the spinal fluid is being blocked and there is something anatomical that he hasnt seen before, but he thinks its just me not anything sinister.
The surgeon said I could leave this and put up with the pain and pins and needles but maybe get future real problems.But he recommends an operation to remove the discs, replace them with plugs and insert a metal plate.
My mother went ballisitc when i told her and really upset me as she yelled down the phone "no, you'll end up in a f...ing wheelchair" and I haven't heard her say stuff like that before. That shocked me and she couldn't talk to me when I called at 11pm.
My husband says why am I even thinking of not having it, if a brain surgeon recommends it , and my two sons agree with him.
The doc says that if i have it done as he recommends, the potential risks are below the neck paralysis, loss of voice and infection. The benefits would be maybe less future problems as my neck wont hold itself up, pins and needles gone, but no guarantee that my neck pain will reduce.
Has any one had this type of procedure (which he wants to do in the next few weeks), I will need to stop my Humira which over the past few weeks has helped, so he needs to know by tomorrow.
I am in pain, but i am in pain with the RA, I am scared of potential problems but then balance that as I think he would not say i needed something if it wasn't really needed. I have put my family through so much for the last 18 months with my pain, disability and lack of mobility to think of them having to get me through a neck/spine op is upsetting for me.
I would really value some honest advice before I call him thursday.
Thanks for listening