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Based on your response, I am going to schedule an appointment with a local "highly regarded neurosurgeon" for a review of my MRI and review of suggestions. I have been looking at the various reviews of the local doctors most of the morning. Your response has prompted me to get a complete exam to determine the best course of action from a specialist. Thank you for that!!

I can not thank you enough for taking the time to share such a personal experience, and the outcome you have to live with daily. Although I want to avoid or delay surgery (just as you had), I do not want prolonged issues. Years ago, I had a EMG test and even then it showed nerve damage in my legs. I can only imagine how it is today.

I am scared, and I know you understand as clearly you have walked the same path. During Physical Therapy they found that my thoracic spine is twisted as well. At this time, I have no pain from that area however the issues in my lumbar could be related in some way I suppose. They are after all, connected. Lol! I have never had that area scanned. It would be good to have a doctor that specializes in the spine to review my case so we know exactly what we are dealing with.

For now, I am feeling pretty good. I am scheduled to return to work next week (6/20) and I am hoping I can work a few more years. Everything I am reading tells me that this issue will not just "get better", and will actually get worse. I plan to retire in 4 years and I would really like to make it that long. My doctor was glad that I am willing to try to continue to work considering the obvious damage currently showing up on images. He said it has gotten quite a bit worse from 3 years ago. He gave me a work restriction of no standing for 30 minutes or more, and a lifting limit of 20 lbs. Thankfully I have desk job, so this should not be a issue. The biggest concern is sitting for 8 hours a day.

I hope you realize how much your advise has helped me and other users of this site. You explain things very well, and the understanding you share helps to calm nerves while dealing with very scary issues. From the bottom of my heart...THANK YOU!!!!!

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