I'm new here- just got a bit freaked out from my doctor and trying to do some research....
I saw a few docs about a month ago for my neck pain that had just started. My neurologist ordered an MRI then sent me over to see a Neurosurgeon he recommended.
Turns out i have a herniated disc C7-T1. Was in a lot of pain and had weakness in my right tricep with pec and tricep twitches. No tingles, grip was fine. The neurosurgeon prescribed physical therapy and wanted to see me in a month. That month happened today.
When we met he asked me how i was doing..... I felt great, pain is nearly gone, just a bit stiff when i wake up in the morning but at least i sleep through the night now, have been doing PT 2x a week, arm is still weaker but i feel like its getting stronger every day. Haven't needed any ibuprofen in almost 3 weeks.
He tested my arm and said its very weak... He proclaimed himself a pretty conservative surgeon and said most docs would have pushed for surgery when i last saw him, he's telling me we should think about it now. He could tell i wasn't so psyched on it so said lets meet back in 2 weeks, if the arm is still weak we should schedule surgery- he talked about the anterior fusion thing where he would enter through my neck, scoop out the disc and replace it with bone from my hip.
From what i am reading, surgery is mostly from pain and weakness can still take months to get back. Why would a doc be so eager to push for surgery if Im not in pain? If i postpone surgery am i risking anything, any permanent damage? I'm 37, right handed and very active. I am in the middle of physically building my own house right now and expecting my first child to arrive in mid March. Timing is not so great and i feel like i want to give PT more time. Am i crazy or just avoiding the inevitable?
Any insight from you veterans would be much appreciated!