cervical 5-6 herniation with moderate cord compression
Advice please! I have a c5-6 herniated disc with moderate cord compression. I also have a very small herniation at c4-5 with no cord compression. I have seen 2 neurosurgeons. The first stated he thought I would not be able to go without surgery but he wanted me to have physical therapy for 4 weeks first to see if it would help. The second suggested I have surgery right away and does not want me doing any physical therapy in fear it would cause further compression of my cord. He rather bluntly stated due to the degree of cord compression my only option is to have a single acdf to repair vs. living with a daily risk of any additional trauma such as a bad car accident or slip and fall could cause me to have permanent paralysis. I explained to him that since my acute onset of all of my pain and synmptoms 2 weeks ago, I feel considerably better with the treatment from the steroids and muscle relaxers. In his thinking, my pain is secondary to the danger of the cord compression, meaning he wants to perform the surgery BECAUSE of the cord compression and not necessarily to relieve any pain that I am in. My questions are: Don't most cervical spine herniations compress the cord? and How many of you were told the same as I - to have the surgery because of the cord compression, not the pain?