Do I need to get an acdf for my c5-6 herniated disc
I am a 28 year old female. I started experiencing pain on in my shoulder on September 14 2009. I did physical therapy for 10 weeks. Took pain killers vicodin 500 and Neurontin 300. I got an MRI finally and the neurologist said I have a herniated disc that is bulging 6-7mm and I need surgery. I went to the surgeon and he said that I need to get an acdf ( anterior cervical discotomy fusion). I got the MRI on 12/22/09. It is now 1/19/10 and I don't have any pain anymore. I was schedule to have surgery tomorrow and canceled the surgery. Its been almost a month since the MRI, is it possible for the herniated disc to go down? Do I need surgery? will I be at risk of a spinal cord injury if I don't get the surgery? Will I loose muscle strength in the future? PLEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAASE help me, I don't know if I should get surgery or not. If I don't get the surgery is there another treatment?