posted on Jun, 24 2012 @ 09:40 PM
Firstly I am really sorry to hear about your wife's problem at such an early age. However, not all is lost and there are very good options where she
can live a happy life if you do the right things.
To reintroduce myself, I am a medical doctor, though not a specialist, doing general practice. From the information available in your post, I can
assume that the situation is critical but not impossible. As many have suggested the best option will be to get a second opinion from another
specialist neurologist. I hope your post is talking about the opinion from a neurologist or a neurosurgeon. Get an opinion of one or 2 other
neurologists. Get their individual opinion. It's best that you do not let them know of the opinion of the other neurologists in order not to cloud
their decision and introduce bias. Meet them as you met your first specialist (without any knowledge of your wife's condition).
If all the neurologists give the same opinion about surgery being the only choice, then visit one or two neurosurgeons or orthopedicians or spinal
surgeons and get their opinion before deciding the best course of action. A spinal surgeon will be my preferred option followed by a neurosurgeon. I
cannot be certain now as the information provided by you in your case is not complete.
For searching the best specialists, my opinion differs from the others in the forum. I wouldn't trust a famous surgeon or a famous hospital because
everything is ultimately business. The best is the BEST as you hear it because the marketing (media, PR, connections) has been good, not necessarily
because he or she is good in their work. The best are usually slogging away without any expectancy of any reward at some research hospital. Any good
medical college hospital will be a good place to start searching. Consult the neurology department heads. They have years of good experience in
managing critical cases and will be able to handle your case well.
Another valuable opinion from me is to visit a homeopathy doctor, again, from a teaching hospital. Homeopathy works in a different fashion from
western medicine and in my period of practice it has proven successful in many cases where we have written off the case due to limitations. Anyways,
what have you got to lose? It is not very expensive and very very safe (not toxic, no side effects as in Western medicine). The worst that can happen
is, there will be no improvement. But it is a better choice than even taking the 25% chance of surgery. I would do that first and wait (the only
fallacy of homeopathy is it is slow) before deciding on the second opinion which is surgery.
Hope she'll get better and you'll lead a good and happy life.