Herniated disc in my neck...severe pain, numbness in arm & hand
i have to make this brief due to the fact that i can only type with one hand. I herniated a disc in my neck...resulted in numbness & pain radiating down left arm into hand. One finger can hardly move at all...feels like my mouth after dentist gives novacaine. I write for a living so not being able to use my left hand SUCKS! Plus it could cause me to lose my job.
Doctor gave me shots to stop muscle spasm in neck which helped neck pain... a lot. He gave Neurontin for nerve pain which has also helped reduce nerve pain by 50%.
Waiting for results of MRI and then have to take some sort of nerve damage assessment test.
QUESTION: Is it possible to have permanent nerve damage from a herniated disc in the neck? I do have a history of reversed cervical curve, bone spurs, stenosis, and disc issues...but never herniated to where it impinged on my nerves.
PLEASE HELP ... I NEED SOME ENCOURAGEMENT SINCE WRITING IS MY LIVING AND I NEED TO BE ABLE TO USE MY LEFT HAND...FULLY!