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c5-c6/c6-c7 herniated discs
I was in an auto accident a year & 1/2 ago-I got rear-ended. My shoulder had seperated so I didn't get my back/neck pain taken care of until recently(I had to have surgery due to a torn rotator cuff, etc. which didn't take place until April of this year, so they thought a lot of the pain I was having was due to that). After my pain didn't go away, they did another MRI of my cervical spine & found 2 herniations at c5/c6 & c6/c7. The first one is mild, but the 2nd one is severe & compressing my spinal cord, causing tingling/pain in my arm/hand, between my shoulder blades & down my back. I saw a neurosurgeon (actually 2) who have recommended surgery & I initially didn't want it, but the pain is getting worse, so I'm reconsidering. I tried ART, decompression at the chiro office, accupuncture (which actually really helps with the pain-I was on Vicodin & muscle relaxers for awhile but didn't want to take them, so this helped some), and recently have been doing massage therapy, which helps as well. I am seeing the neuro surgeon again next week to discuss surgery again. My main reason for that is that I will be 36 in 2 months and haven't had children yet. My boyfriend and I both want children and will be married in the next year or so, so I don't want to put this off much longer. There is NO way that I can physically carry a child in pregnancy or after due to the pain I'm still in. I'm afraid that if I put surgery off, I will miss my time to have kids myself due to my age & I really want to! I am new on here, so any advice is appreciated! Thanks!