Why are they so reluctant to operate??
Last year, I went to the doctor about a weak left hand. Prior to that, I had had some shooting pains which I brushed off as a trapped nerve as the pain wasn't that bad. I work in a supermarket so thought I'd just pulled something while pulling a stock cage.
I had had an MRI and EMG. The MRI revealed degeneration at c5-C6 and a bone spur at c7, causing problems with the ulnar nerve in the left hand. The EMG confirmed this and the cord was OK - at least, it was in July.
I have had a course of physiotherapy. By this time, I was getting pain on my right side, which occasionally goes all the way down to my toes. The pain in my right arm has now transcended into weakness but the physio seemed more worried about the pain and said that they would be reluctant to operate and I would need to live with the weakness for now.
I have heard varied stories of how operations have turned out so I understand but I have also read that not doing anything could mean a worse outcome.
Anyone want to share their experiences?