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cervical radiculopathy, 'process of non syrgery'

bensid1965bbensid1965 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello, my name is Colin, I am an English person and therefore feel no pain! I have just joined the sight as a result of radiculopathy as a result of a herniated disc. Off for my MRI in a couple of hours for an accurate assessment, hopefully non surgical will be enough to fix it. My question is how does the non surgery work? is it just pain relief untill the body heals itself? by doing this I guess the disc material goes back to its original position? does this mean there will allways be a weakness and a lifelong suseptibility to this injury? does this 'healing ' happen slowly or is there a wonderfull 'moment' through therapy or drugs or relaxation when the disc rights itself? how long does the damaged nerve take to heal? Is surgery, given its high success rate, the best option as this condition may cause problems in later life,(I am 46 now).Thankyou for considering my concerns< any advice would be greatly appreciated, Colin.


  • Hi Colin,

    Welcome to Spine Health. At least you are trying to keep up your humor. smile It's not always easy when dealing with nerve pain. Hope the MRI sheds some good answers for treatment.

    I have a C6 and C7 radiculopthy that they have been trying to treat conservatively. It has helped over the years but is not helping me now. I was given a course of steroid treatment, went on Norco for analgesia, had some PT and traction and have also had many epidural steroid injections. Hopefully, some nonoperative treatments such as these may help. What kind of doctor are you seeing so far? I was given an 80% success rate for surgical intervention for my radiculopathy but my pain is elsewhere now too and await other testing. I have been lucky thus far and had been able to keep from surgery but as I age i add other problems and equations to the list of things going on. Mine was from an accident where I fractured my neck at about your age and i am now 60. Good luck and let us know what you find out.

    Best Regards,

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