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Do disc herniations ever heal eventually?
If so, how long does it take ? How long have you heard?
What factors apply to it healing? Just herniation? Luck?
According to an MRI in 2008 I had 2mm and 3mm herniations at C5/C6 and C6/ C7. Both having mild to slight central stenosis. Disc desiccation without protrusion at T1-2.
On my Xray from 2008 it said: Very minimal hypertrophic uncovertebral joints at C5-C6. Minimal osteophyte formations and foraminal impingement at C5/C6.
Are those things that can get better with time? My doctor always hopes it will dry out or heal with time, but it has been almost 3 years and nothing getting better just worse at times with pain levels etc. He doesn't advise surgery till I'm older if I need it (Im 28). He's just a neurologist.
I have left arm , hand pain , shoulder/shoulder blade pain, back of the neck and bottom of skull pain and left side of the neck pain. Sometimes my pinkie and ring finger falls asleep feeling etc. I also get front chest pain and down the left side of my torso pain. I believe I have a disc problem in my lumbar spine causing left sided leg and foot pain.
So is it possible after three years for it to heal or am I looking long term?