About 6 weeks ago I herniated the disk at C6-C7.
I had moderate pain (it was occasionally severe), but now, after 6 weeks and an epidural cortisone injection a couple of weeks ago the pain is all but gone. What remains is significant weakness in my left tricep. I'm doing physical therapy, but as far as I can tell the weakness has neither improved nor worsened since my diagnosis. It's fairly severe, I'm a 37 year-old male in decent shape and I'm left handed, but I now, just as an example, have trouble using a knife to slice down through anything other than the softest foods.
I saw an orthopedic surgeon today, who recommended surgery. Basically, he thinks that my best chance of regaining strength is with surgery. Obviously, no guarantee that it'll work, but he thinks I'll have a better chance with surgery than without. He also thinks that if I take a wait-and-see approach there's a higher likelihood that the surgery would not be effective if I ultimately decide to have it, that is if I wait much longer the nerve damage is more likely to be permanent.
Thoughts about undergoing surgery now versus just giving it more time, along with more physical therapy? I'm having a very hard time deciding which is the lesser of the evils.