neurosurgeon said no surgery would help - opinions?
My neurosurgeon said today (my 2nd appt w/him), that since PT & Steriod Epidurals did not work, there is nothing else he could do for me. Said surgery was not an option due to my 'stature'. I was sent to him for ruptured C7, with bulging C5&6. I also have awful pain in left leg (thought to be neuropathy by orthotist and rheumatologist), asked him to evaluate, he wanted to deal w/the cervical problem 1st. Now he offers no hope of surgery, or any relief (just live in pain forever), and he has not even TRIED to get a better image on the MRI. He did offer, but discouraged, a myleogram - this would tell where the problems are in cervical & lumbar region, but again stressed this is a risky test and with my other health problems, could really not do anything for me. Offered to send me to a psychiatrist who prescribes pain meds - pain mgmt dr he sent me to only does epidurals.
Sorry this is so long, I'm just frustrated. My other health problems are: fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis both knees, ankles & hips, meniere's disease, undefined seizure disorder, seizure level migraines, hbp, allergies, asthma, GERD, now cervical spine rupture and nothing decided yet on left leg (its just getting worse on its own, with no help from anyone). Leg wakes me several times a night now, and I can barely walk with the aid of a cane and AFO device.
Any thoughts, opinions would be appreciate. I'm just about ready to try a chiropractor - might make it worse, but at least its a try.
One day at a time...