Well the second MRI confirmed the herniation at T1/2. Both surgeons say operating to remove the portion that is herniated will get rid of pain in the area. One says I'm not in enough pain for surgery. Other will do surgery but I think he is afraid and wants to make sure any other options are covered first.
So he wants me to go to pain management to see if they can do epidural injections. My understanding after reading about this is that it is only a temporary fix in the case of a herniation because it doesn't get rid of the herniation. If it works it should reduce swelling around the area which might reduce pressure on the nerve root basically from the other side. So the disc still pushes the nerve root but this might let the nerve root move further away.
I'm going back to the neurologist today. I think if I would let anyone do this it would be him not a pain management doctor. There is some questions about whether they can even do injections because of the location and the amount of bone in the way that might screw up the xray. I also don't like the 50% odds of it even working and then that it may not last more than a few weeks.
Right now I'm thinking it's time to schedule the surgery. If I'm going to go through that I might as well do something that both doctors agree will work instead of the injections that are questionable.
So what does everyone think?