Do I need surgery?
20 years ago I had a whiplash injury. I was told I needed surgery then or I could become a quadriplegic if I had another accident. With the aid of a good chiropractor I got rid of the pain and tingling in my arms. I also drove leaving a good space in front of me for reaction time. I have had no pain or problems until now.
I have had a very painful right arm and shoulder for several months, prompting an MRI of my cervical spine. It shows a very tight squeeze for my spinal cord C4-5,5-6,6-7/with bone spurs, It looks bad, yet the pain in my arm and shoulder is the only problem due to a pinched root nerve.
I have been reading and believe with exercises, stretching, swimming , etc. I can find relief for the pain. Then I can avoid surgery.
But then the problem is not solved. I have to ask the doctors if the spinal cord itself is being injured by the pressure. I am 76 and have never had back surgery so far. As I read about all of the pain and suffering from the surgery you people have had,
I am afraid to have it. Basically I feel good and the little stretching I have done so far seems to be reducing the pain.
So I ask myself, what is the greater risk, to have the surgery, or not have surgery???