For the past year or so had been experiencing less strength in my right hand (good hand) and had even mentioned that to my regular physician during my annual checkup but he did not do anything about it. I had tingling in fingers that would come and go away etc.
A few weeks back, I had sudden neck and arm pain and went to the regular doctor (not the same one as above) and he gave me ibuprofen and had x-rays done. After receiving x-ray report, he asked me to get a MRI done which showed:
C6-7 right paracentral/lateral disc herniation with severe right neural foraminal stenosis and moderate spine canal stenosis
C5-C6 broad based right lateral disc bulge causing severe right neural foraminal stenosis. There is moderate left neural foraminal stenosis at this level.
C4-C5 right lateral broad based disc bulge causing mild to moderate right neural foraminal stenosis
I had literally no strength in my right hand, could not pick up spoonful of soup. Went to neuro-surgeon who gave me Medrol pack and said that I needed surgery, (injections or phsio-therapy were not an option in my condition) since the disc seems to be hitting my nerves. He suggested ACDF.
After the Medrol pack, I have regained strength in my hand. Can eat with hand and do my work. But do not seem to have same kind of strength in my triceps.
My question - Is it really the case that surgery is the ONLY option I have? If so, what should I ask and look for?
Thanks for your assistance in guiding me.