So I finally saw my neurologist again today. He did an EMG test on me (because he acted like getting an MRI was pointless at first.) After the test he said I had some nerve irritation in my back and that he had to conduct the calculations to know more, but that he also wanted me to get an MRI. Luckily, I had already had one done regardless of his first opinion, so he got the results quickly.
I felt pretty ok about what he told me, thinking maybe it wasn't anything serious. Then when I got home his office called me and the secretary was like, "We got your MRI results...and seems you have a herniated disc pressing against your nerve root which requires surgery..."
So now I have to wait for them to call me back with some neurosurgeons and appointments for consultation.
Just the way they said 'requires surgery' sorta bothered me. Not 'might need' or 'should see a surgeon'.
On one hand I'm glad they have sort of pin pointed what is causing all this pain...on the other I'm a little bummed that it had to actually be this. I'm not going to get too upset until I know the facts and talk with the surgeon. No need to worry about it in the mean time really.
I do wish I had something that helped with the pain more. I don't expect the pain to be GONE, no way, I just wish it could be helped a little.
Also, I'm going to my PCP soon but I was just wondering...what exactly is the difference between a herniated disc normally and when it is pressing against a nerve root? Is a nerve root different than what it normally can hurt? To me it seems like the nerve root is a bigger nerve that the others branch out from, is that pretty much correct?
So yeah...I hope I can get some help for this.