I am due to see a neurosurgeon on the 27th October. I recently began seeing a new pain specialist who ordered a bone scan and MRI. The bone scan showed Arthritis,which I already knew I had,and the MRI showed an impinged nerve and a bulge in a dise. Dr Jackson said that only spinal surgery would fix it. I have had chronic pain since June 2002. I am terrified of general anaesthetics and also the thought of having surgery on my spine,terrifies the bloody hell out of me. I have been wondering if there are any non surgical treatments available. The risk of paralysis worries me. I know there are risks with all surgery,but I really do like being able to have the use of my legs. The thought of being in a wheelchair dosen't appeal to me. Neither does living with this bloody nightmare called chronic pain.
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