Saw a PA at my neurosurgeon about my lumbar disaster area. When he heard me say my hands also were tongling, he had a quick neck xray done (they have an in office xray room, so handy!) Well, now I know why my neck crackles and hurts! Not only is C6 doing the same as my thoracic and lumbar, but I have bone spurs on each facet of my neck, so bad they look like teeth!
So in addition to a fusion, I guess they will do a laminectomy as well. I'm in for a fun summer. :-(
I see the actual doctor in 2 weeks for him to see my tests and schedule the surgery - most likely in May, they don't delay when they know that is all that can help.
This same group is where I had my hip joint repaired, they are excellent doctors with an exceptional hospital - St Joseph's in Burbank.
I just hate being bedridden and in pain, when if I'm healing. And of course, the whole back surgery thing scares my pants off. There's quite a bit of risk, of course. But as risky as it is, it will stop the bone on bone of my lumbar spine, and I won't fall down because I can't feel my feet.