I'm desperate to find out what I'm in for. I had severe neck pain two years ago and found out I had a herniated disc thanks to an overzealous photographer who loves to get in the way of a football official! I had the injections and they didn't help! A few weeks later had a TRIPLE foraminotomy and got relief. Two years has gone by with things just feeling "weird." Officaiated two NCAA football seasons with zero problems running and no pain. In the gym this week and things got worse in less than a day. All the pain I had prior to initial surgery from 2 years ago is back and intense as it ever was! Arm numb, loss of strength, and 8+ pain in the neck. My neck is laughing at the meds: cortisone, muscle relaxers, ibuprofin, hydrocodeine, you name it...nothing helps!
Here's the MRI impression:
1. Moderate to large disc herniation on the left at C5-C6 centered about the lateral recess. The findings do represent a significant change when compared to prior MRI examination.
2. New herniated disc component to the left of midline C6-C7 with mild cord compromise. Postoeprative changes left neural foramen at this level.
Ok that's the scoop. From what I read on this forum the recovery is so long it appears as though my season is over before it starts and it's still 5 months away. Does the condition spell out the need for major surgery? I appreciate any expert sharing info. I can't see the surgeon for another 4 days. Thanks in advance!