Long story short, but my spine operation has been cancelled, or maybe just delayed, depending on how you want to look at it.
Last year I had a lot of back pain, but nothing at all this year. Given that I haven’t had any trouble in the last few months, and have never made the symptoms they look for (like a loss of coordination) my surgeon decided the risk of operating was greater than the risk of doing nothing. There are many people like me who have a spinal stenosis, who never have symptoms, who never get surgery.
However, we only had a really clear look at it last year, in a couple of scans. If it’s growing quickly, maybe surgery is a good idea after all. So, I just got another MRI done. The surgeon will review the results pretty soon.
But the surgeon seems to think that I can go about my business until I notice something wrong, which could be decades in the future.
I suppose I should be happy, but it’s more anticlimactic. I feel a lack of closure more than anything.