Hello all -
I am looking for some advice regarding a decision as to whether or not I should have surgery. I am 29 and was told that I have to give up the majority of the activities I enjoy due to what my MRI showed. My neurologist is also hesitant for me to have surgery because of my age and the fact that this may lead to more surgeries. I found out that my neck pain was due to:
-Reversal of cervical lordosis with grade 1 anterolisthesis C3 over C4, slight grade 1 anterolisthesis C4 over C5
-At C5-C6, a mild to moderate left eccentric posterior disc bulge, causing slight impression upon the left cord, without spinal canal stenosis.
Additionally, my flex/extension X-ray showed movement:
-Anterolisthesis of C4 on C5 (2 mm in flexion and neutral positions), which resolves in extension position. Findings are concerning for instability.
Has anyone had similar test results? If so, what did you choose to do? I am quite nervous and sad that I can no longer participate in the activities I enjoy. Any advice or guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!