RSD, Type 1 Diabetes, C-spine, L-5 Trauma from Accident...Should I even bother with c-spine surgery to protect remaining spinal cord?
Hello. I am new to this community, however, after reviewing a few questions and discussion threads, I think this may be a good place for me to start. Short overview: Automobile accident 15 years ago resulted in thoracic outlet syndrome, five upper body nerve entrapments, RSD upper and lower, etc.etc.. I have drop foot now and have been falling. My doc is suggesting I be evaluated as a candidate for c-spine surgery since those are pressing inward toward the cord. He had same surgery to protect his own spinal cord. I do not have expectations of changing my pain levels necessarily. He has helped me with the right combo of meds. However, while preventing further damage or possibly severing the cord is important, after doing some research, and being an insulin dependent diabetic, I am wondering if surgery might make a bad, but manageable level of disability, worse. Any thoughts?