Hey folks, just a quick (long) introduction and some observations from my recent doctor visits together with questions:
Diagnosed with herniated C5 and bulging C6
Symptoms had been mostly in neck and left arm with severe pain and weakness, which at the peak actually rendered my left arm completely useless around the holidays.
I have been to see a family doctor, neurologist, physical therapist and finally a surgeon (in that order) over a period of about 5 weeks or so.
Friday was my first (and hopefully last) visit with the surgeon, who after reviewing my MRI, said surgery was not recommended and that I was a young (40), fit guy, who should continue to improve with PT. Left feeling pretty damn good about the whole situation.
Today was my second visit to the Neurologist. Left feeling pretty down. He said the reason there is no surgery needed is that the nerve is dead (there are 2 more that are OK though), herniated discs do not heal, and there will be no full recovery, and I quote "if you were a professional swimmer, you'd be done"
Tomorrow will be my 4th visit to the PT with good results so far........
Questions (and confusion)
PT will help rebuild the muscles in my arm and shoulder, but cannot cure the actual herniation or death of the nerve, right? soooooo whats to stop the pain and muscle atriphy from coming back whenever it wants?
Has anybody actually had a hernia reverse itself and release the nerve?
Has anybody been in this situation and then been thru extended symptom free periods of time.
If this is not curable and wont heal itself, am I just going to be in PT for the rest of my life?
Although I feel a thousand times better than before, it all seems a bit grim; I have a 3 year old and ride motorbikes!!!!!!!!
thanks for any and all info. cheers