When did you know that surgery was the right choice? Re:cervical sponylosis
Hi. I've. Been perusing this wonderful site since 10/10 when my left arm radiculopathy began to cause neck pain, muscle spasms etc. I'd say my pain level was a 12 out of 10. I. D had numbness and neck pain 2 years prior but it went away with PT and NSAIDS. At that time, I could tell a few days after manual manipulation that I got significantly better. So, when similar symptoms came up again 9/10, I went back to PT. It seemed to work for about 2 weeks, then the radiculopathy just seemed to get stuck. I tried oral steroids and rest. Not much change.
I'm a nurse and work 12 hour(read14) shifts with basically only 30 min rest. I could tell my neck was screaming for rest, but I soldiered on for the team. I think that's what threw me over into worse pain,radiating down the arm and tricep myelopathy and looking for an MRI. Bottom line- just an old neck, and NS couldn't see anything significant on the symptomatic side. So we have done conservative tx. Pain is tons better, but fingers are still numb, can't seem to sit or lie down without pressure seeming to build up in my neck, head or fingers so I fidget. I call myself " the Princess and the Pea". Have to take OTC pain mess during day and percocet at night to get sleep.
Many of you seem to have had worse symptoms and have put off surgery. At what point did you say enough? I feel like there has been no improvement really since before my flare up. But I can't say I,ve gotten progressively worse. mainly just learning to live with it. Is just constant numbness and uncomfortableness in the absence of obvious disc herniation something that can be helped by a fusion or foraminotomy etc.? Is 4 months not long enough to see improvement? I'm so ambivalent because fusions seem so iffy according to this site and any studies I can find. Any advice appreciated.