Stumbled upon the website out of curiosity and thought that maybe I could help??? I herniated 2 cervical discs at once in 2011. I took all of the meds, had all of the injections (including trigger points), went to physical therapy, etc. In the end I had surgery. Because I was just 40 I was a candidate for disc replacements rather than fusions. I had C5/6 and C6/7 replaced with ProDisc-C's. I went to an incredibly gifted neurosurgeon at Brigham and Women's in Boston and I am in perfect condition now. I am actually glad to shovel snow! Here is a very important thing that I learned and that only 1 or 2 medical professionals told me...... DO NOT WAIT!!!! If you are suffering from nerve pain due to an injury like mine do not wait too long. There's about a 1 year window of time before the nerve pain becomes chronic, meaning the surgery won't relieve the pain. Obviously you don't want surgery if you can avoid it so you have to try the shots and physical therapy and hope that they work but at the same time keep in mind the amount of time that is passing. Don't let that window pass. I look at some of the posts from people who have had failed surgeries and can't help but wonder if some of them failed because they waited. STOP SMOKING! Smoking limits the healing process and the bone will not heal itself or fuse. Remember that if you are feeling something that something is probably happening. If all of your neck and back muscles suddenly go into spasm or your hands are tingling or burning, or you are getting numb spots on your face something is pressing on a nerve. The nerves have protective sheaths around them but if the nerve is pressed on continuously the sheath wears down. That's it. Good luck to all.
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Love To Shovel