Not sure how to start this...but to cut a long story short was due to have surgery on I think 4/5 and 5/6 (6/7 was also bulging but he did not want to do 3!). 5/6 has gone big time (sorry to be vague but I’ve not seen the consultant since and have not seen the full report and I may have the wrong order, but the disc that has gone BIG is the one that controls the thumb and first finger and top of the arm – I cant lift pans and stuff, but other movements are fine!!!)
However the pain is now more controlled (about 9 weeks since the BIG pain started – however have been having problems for years but it always seemed to get better after 2 – 3 weeks). I been taking lyrica 100mg 3x daily plus kapain 8 per day and the pain is now bearable, however the weakness and tingling now seem to be worse.
Because the pain seemed better, I stopped taking the painkillers but the pain came back but not chronic, took them again when it started to get a bit more unbearable but it seems to be more in the neck now than the arm as previous. However I still get some amazing funny feelings slowing moving down my arm to my fingers – bit like a slow electric shock, not painful just a VERY strange feeling!!
So many people keep telling me how they had a slipped disc and they did this and that no need for operation and they are fine now.
If I don't have the operation what are the risks, will the strength in the arm return or do I risk permanent damage, as the pain seems ok with painkillers should I just wait to see if it improves?