I have been reviewing other individuals' painful dispositions for some time on this site and have finally put finger(s) to keybord. I hope to be able to provide my experiences and thoughts to others out there suffering more or less that the rest of us.
Personally, I have permanently damaged nerves at the C5 / C6 level and have lost most feeling in my right index finger plus thumb and middle finger tips. It's merely an irritation now, but not debilitating, unless the nerve-pinching recurs, which it is prone to do every ten to twelve months.
But why end there? My L4 / L5 joint is not too healthy either, with a sequestered disk clerly identified on numerous MRIs. Its surrounding levels are less damaged, but can't be ignored. I've had facet injections already and they have provided some relief.
While my condition was not a result of an accident, it was caused and exacerbated through excessive impact sports. But I have no regrets. In any event, even if I did, I can't change the past.
Simply, in my case alone, I have adjusted my life style to suit my condition where the pain is constant and there is no reprieve. My sport choices have moved from the sublime to the sedate and I balance this with a healthy dose of work and keeping busy. I'm sure this will not work for many, but I find that retaining a positive approach and outlook mentally has kept me going this long and will hopefully keep me away from surgery any time soon.