spinal cord compression
My mother-in-law has spinal stenosis, and severe vertebral compression from c3-c7.
She recently saw a neurosurgeon that looked over her Mri of her neck. He stated that she needed surgery right away as her spinal cord was as thin as a ribbon. He described putting cages in to stabilize the neck.
She said he told her that if she doesn't get her neck fixed soon, she could be paralyzed in a few months or worse die . She is 78yrs old. She has extreme pain in her shoulder, that started after she had a flu shot. They gave it to her high up near the top of the shoulder. If that didn't happen, we, she, would have never known how bad her neck was. She also isn't sleeping very well. Since November, her sleep is for 2 hours then awake for four hours, then time to go to work.
Has any one ever heard of a spinal cord being compressed that thin? She obviously is going to have the surgery. But we want her to have a second opinion. And if it the same , then we agree she should have it done. We don't want her paralyzed if there is a surgery that can take the pressure off. She also has had unexplained headaches too.
She is an extremely active woman. She works in the store that her husband started. She mows grass with her tractor, picks weeds, shovels snow, she drives her own car, walks the mall, and just enjoys life outdoors. A God fearing woman who is stubborn and has no intention of slowing down. She knows that she can die on the table too, but is willing to take the risk. She just wants to be relieved of the shoulder pain, and to get a good night's rest.
Any opinions are greatly appreciated!