I've had neck pain in the past, an epidural steroid helped then (3 years ago) but this time, beginning in Feb, I had new symptom, burning arm/shoulder pain and some weakness in left arm. Saw the ortho and had an MRI. I have a herniated disc and disc degeneration, he recommended fusion surgery (my insurance won't pay for artificial disc) because of weakness and compression. I chose physical therapy first and had 5 weeks without much improvement, the arm pain decreased though it moved into my elbow and forearm, but the weakness in my tricep and wrist did not improve. I saw ortho two weeks ago and my surgery is scheduled for June. That said, suddenly in the last 2 weeks, after I stopped PT, my symptoms are improving a lot. I have little pain, just usually at night or unless I look up a lot. The only think I'm noticing now is I'm getting some tingling into my fingertips now. Has anyone had this type of progression before? I'm planning to contact my doctor but I'm just wondering if anyone's had similar symptoms. Thanks for any info you can share!!