C4, C5 and C6 disc herniation. Does anyone have a surgery success story?
I've had neck pain for probably 20 years but about 5 years ago I began to have pain in my left arm and tingling in my left hand. Neurologist did nerve studies and thought it to be cubital tunnel syndrome. Told me to manage it with Ibuprofen. It flared up over the last 5 years but in the last 6 months it began to become more chronic and now it is all the time. I have pain from my left shoulder to the tips of my fingers. MRI showed disc herniations at c4, c5 and c6. I was sent to a Neurosurgeon who wants to do surgery with fusion. Before we can consider that I have been sent for physical therapy. I'm on my 4th session and there really hasn't been much change until today. I was given traction yesterday for the first time. My arm and hand (which was unable to pick up a cup each morning) feels a little better today but now I have a migraine. I will continue with PT but my next appt with the neurosurgeon is on 4/21 and I'm trying to decide what to do. I'm 50 years old (female) and in otherwise great health. I don't want things to get worse just in time for retirement. Does anyone have a success story after surgery? I've been reading through the discussions and have not found any.