my name is alex and im 32 yrs old. I apologize for the long post. Its mainly just to give you info on the last year.
For the many months I've been searching online I cant seem to find answers to people that have my symptoms. Most people I read about either heal in a month or have serious pain and do surgery. Mine has not healed in a month but I do not have serious pain.
Anyway, October 2009 I started BJJ (brazilian jiu-jitsu). In November 2009, during training, I pinched a nerve on my left side, which shot pain down my left arm and made my left index finger numb for several days. I didnt practice bjj for a month and the pain and numbness went away.
Jan 2010 I began training again but injured it again in Feb. From Feb to june I continued to train taking ibprufen daily. The pain was not that bad as long as I didnt look up and to the left. In june the herniation hadnt subsided so I consulted a doctor. I got two MRI's which showed herniations at c5-c6 and c6-c7. I realize my training from Feb to June really messed up my neck.
Since june 2010 I havent trained and have been on Nortriptyline and meloxicam daily. From june to Sept the pain slowly came down, but the pinch feeling was still present, if I looked up and to the left. Doc put me on steroid pills for 10 days which greatly reduced the herniation or atleast I felt a BIG change. I had better range of motion and less symptoms, But once I was off steroids the pressure/pinch came back.
To me it feels like my daily motions of work (being in front of a computer for at least 4hours a day) agitates the herniation, not allowing the inflammation to lower and began to heal.
I've still been on the above meds which seem to do nothing. I've also been doing PT since June but have slowly reducing my daily pt regiment. Depression has caused me to be lazy. I dont feel any relief from PT but I do realize PT is the only way to build up my muscles in my neck so that if my neck does heal it wont just pop again.
The thing is I do not have any serious PAIN. When its really bad I can feel pressure and slight pinch which causes very slight pain but I just look down and stretch my neck and it feels better. For the last month I have been hanging from gravity boots (relieves pressure for a bit) daily. Massage doesnt seem to help. I havent tried chiro cause I dont want to possibly make it worse. I also ice daily.
Doc wants to do steroid shots next. I do not want to do surgery. My question is will this heal eventually if I keep up with the pills, ice, pt, gravity, inversion, etc. Im guessing it will but it might take another year!!
Any advice about how long does a herniation take to heal on its own if pain is not bad. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the long first post.