I'm trying to decide whether or not to have ACDF surgery at C5-C6. I've tried very little with pain management, but my nerve root is compressed at this level of my spine. I should try the conservative approaches before surgery. I greatly fear though, by waiting I run a high risk of permanent nerve damage. Anyone know about nerve damage and risks of permanent damage???
My pain started 9 months ago as a stiff neck and shoulder, right side. 6 months later, I began experiencing shoulder pain and numbness down my right arm to the thumb. About 2 months later, the pain and numbness in right shoulder and arm increased, and I lost a great deal of strength in this arm. Now, the pain and numbness has traveled to the left shoulder and arm, as well as pain "under" my shoulder blades. It's difficult to write legibly (right handed).