My name is Kevin and I am 21 years old. I have just discovered that I have been struggling with a C6-C7 herniated disc for almost a year now and I am having trouble deciding whether surgery is the best option for me.
My neck pain is about a "6" while my lat, shoulder, and right arm pain is a "10". I have little strength in my right tricep and changing my shirt is often a challenge. As I am under big time restraints as I finish my senior year of college, I am not been able to start physical therapy until Summer, which has left me doing simple stretches and exercises on my own. Is it worth doing weight training exercises for my tricep, or is it something that is incurable without surgery?
At my relatively young age I am skeptical of this surgery. I am, however, looking for a permanent solution (i.e. no muscle relaxants, cortizone, etc). Will hard work and physical therapy be a promising solution? Or am I only kidding myself and putting off surgery?
Thank you very much for your opinions!!