I am an active 39 year old who recently has learned I have a herniated disc at c5-c6. I have been experiencing weird symptoms in my arms and hands for over almost two years and finally a hand surgeon ordered and MRI - thank god for him! Now at least I know the problem. I have since been to an orthopaedic surgeon and a spine physiatrist - both of whom told me that physical therapy and injections would most likely be ineffective and that surgery was probably my only option. I am currently waiting for an appointment with a highly recommended neurosurgeon for another opinion. I have been told that in addition to pressing on my nerve roots, the herniation is also pressing on my spinal column causing a "blockage" of sorts.
Since this is all fairly new to me and I'm not sure the right route to take, I would very much like to hear other people's experiences. If there is anyone who has a similar problem who either has or has not had the surgery...please let me know how you are making out.