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Recovery from Herniated C-6

5 weeks ago I was diagnosed with a pretty bad C-6 herniation. At my peak of uncomfortability, I was experiencing pain 24/7, numbness throughout my right arm and hand, and severe weakness in my right arm as well. About a week ago things turned around due to meds and physical therapy. I take NSAIDs during the day and a muscle relaxer at night to help me sleep. Currently I'm almost pain free, except for waking up in the morning and usually before I go to bed. The numbness has greatly improved to only affecting my middle and ring finger, and the weakness has improved greatly but not that close to being normal. The question I have is should I be confident that this recovery will continue and at some point I will be back to normal? Or is it possible that my recovery just stops and I will have to take other measures? Any help is appreciated.


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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery

  • I don't think that anyone can answer your question, and probably not even a spinal specialist with any certainty!

    It is possible, and does happen that a disc herniation can draw back again and the symptoms can improve or even go completely. That is why conservative methods are used first, before more invasive treatments.

    I think you are just going to have to wait and see.
    I hope that you will be lucky. :-)
  • Keep a positive outlook! Many cases will heal and you will have no symptoms. Only worry if it doesn't go away. Good luck! :-)
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
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