Hello everyone. I am 33 yr. old. Was traveling for my job, stayed in a hotel, woke up with severe neck, left arm pain. Numbness and strength loss. This was 3 weeks ago.
Been to orthapeadic surgeon and mri. Recommends surgery (fuse C5/C6). I see a lot of great results within a few years of the surgery. I also see some bad results as the years accumulate post operation.
I am trying to decide how to proceed. My options are therapy, fusion, disc replacement.
Right now my pain is "manageable" - not on anything but ibuprofen. I have not had physical therapy yet, but am planning on starting this week. (Doctors say with numbness, weakness and pain, therapy won't help). Does anyone have experience with this?
Also, does anyone have experience with fusion vs. disc replacement. I like the idea of disc replacement because I can always fall back on fusion if the replacement doesn't work. What are your thoughts? With my pain not to the point of keeping me in bed yet, should I be considering surgery?
Finally, I live in Dover NH. Does anyone have recommendations for Dr's in the area of Boston, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine?
Thanks for the help. Anthony.