L-spine pain yet C-spine surgery
I recently learned I'm a surgical candidate for my C-spine: bone spurs, stenosis, foraminal narrowing, hyper-mobility + symptoms... Since Doc #1 is considered top-notch and "conservative", I'm assuming I need the surgery - just one level. I'm about to have my second opinion and plan to get two more. For those of you asking where to start -- I'm looking at "fellowship trained" orthopedic spine surgeons and spine neurosurgeons. Although I've had cervical issues for 20 years the news was a shock because it was just an updated MRI and I don't have PAIN. I have 'pain' but nothing like the pain I have in my L-spine where apparently I'm not a surgical candidate. So I was wondering if anyone has a similar multi-region issue where the surgical need is in one area but yet after surgery, the body part which you pray somebody could do something for is still going to hurt like mad. I'm afraid to sneeze. I will bring all of this up of course with my doctors but it seems so unfair/ironic to have major surgery (with all the associated risks) and know you are going to still be in pain afterwards - and maybe even have new pain. So anybody out there with L-spine pain who underwent and/or needs C-spine surgery?