Two herniated disc's, surgery required, should I or shouldn't I?
I am a 51 year old woman who woke one morning with such pain down her right arm neck and shoulder blade, after severel doc's trips it turns out to be two herniated disc's in my neck, c5 and c6 I beleive, bone spurs have caused the herniation. I dont have the pain anymore steroids took the pain away but not the tingling, Physio didn't help infact made the left side painful. 4 MrI's later the Neurosrugeon says surgery to perform spinal fusion with a metal plate to hold it still is my only option. As I say the pains have gone but a general ache, low headache causing slight disability to function without being distracted, and the tingles are my only symptoms right now, oh and dificulty swollowing at times.
Having read various peoples sufferings I wonder if the cure is worse than the actual problem, but do fear eventual unreparable damage to my nerves from the disc's sticking into my neck's nervous system.
Anyone with any thoughts on this I would love to hear from, as I am really split on having the surgery on the 8th October, or waiting to see if it continues to get better or worse.