My husband has been diagnosed with degenerative disk disease and spinal stenosis. It has advanced to the point that he is unable to walk without pain. He is using a walker but still experiences high pain when standing or walking. He is barely able to do routine activities such as shave, shower, walk to bathroom. In addition, he may have Parkinson's Disease. We are anxious to do SOMETHING so he can return to some basic functioning again. We have two differing opinions from neurosurgeons.
1. Have laminectomy and fusion, L2 - S1. If Parkinson's symptons continue, see a neurologist after surgery.
2. See neurologist first, determine if it's Parkinsons and treat for that first. If it is Parkinsons, then surgery would be adjusted so my husband would be at a forward angle instead of straight to compensate for Parkinson's posture for balance.
What should we do? Every day he is more exhausted from the pain, but we are unsure if the surgery in the first option will cause harm if he is later diagnosed with Parkinson's.