My 30 year old boyfriend was stretching in our kitchen after a long days work in the studio (producer/bass guitarist) and felt a sudden pain. It was the third time he'd thrown his back out that year so he did the usual visit to the chiropractor hoping for relief. After that didn't work, he went to the doctor who said he hadn't pinched a nerve and that it was just a pulled muscle. After several visits to more doctors a neurosurgen, acupuncturist and second chiropractor he finally was "allowed" an MRI that found he did indeed have a herniated disk between c6-c7 and it was pinching his nerve. Too bad the doctor hadn't thought to order this test 6 months before when he complained of tingling in his arms...oh well
Now he's been doing physical therapy and acupuncture for 1 month with no relief. Pain between 4-8 depending on the day or time. Medications started with Ibuprofren, Gabapentin, and muscle relaxers. He took Pretnizone steroid for a week along with Zantac for his stomach.
Now he's just on Vicodin. The only relief he gets is with a traction machine that he borrowed from PT but the pain shoots right back when he's not using it.
He's getting so depressed, experiencing weird discomfort in his mouth, and still the severe arm pain and numbness.
A friend told us about cervical endoscopic surgery. I was trying to find info about it here but I only seem to find posts of the anterior disc surgery with or without fusion. He's going to ask his doctor about it because he just seems on a downward spiral and this seems like a great solution if it works. Simple surgery, remove the part of the disk that's hanging out and voila? Can't be that simple can it? Our friend that told us had three friends who've had it and recovered easily.
Any advice is welcome. He'd do anything to get better. Also, any advice on the pain meds? He feels very depressed which is unusual for him