In November of this year I was diagnosed with a herniated disc at C5/C6 and bulging at C6/C7. So far I have only tried physical therapy and pain medications but I am getting worse instead of better. I have numbness and tingling in my right hand and arm and now it's starting in my feet and at times my left but mostly right hand and arm. I have lost a great deal of strength mainly on the right side but maybe worst of all I am SUPER depressed and terrified. I went through four months of physical therapy in hopes of avoiding surgery. I am deathly afraid of surgery. Every time I go to the doctor or PT and they bring it up I start to cry and am deeply depressed for days afterwards. I got a shock at my last PT appointment. I have had a SMALL amount of improvement so I thought ok my progress is very slow but maybe this is working. It took 4 months after my injury to get any treatment approved so I thought that might be part of why I was making such slow progress but I was seen by a new therapist and he gave me this really stern lecture about permanent nerve damage and basically told me there was nothing more they could do to help me and I probably needed to go for the surgery. I have a million concerns and I've been trying to research but it seems like a lot of the articles are backed by the people who make the artificial discs or are biased toward the medical providers. I don't want permanent nerve damage and I just want to know how likely is it that I have it already? My right hand is practically useless some days and the smallest of tasks are at times nearly impossible. One thing I am wondering is ok, say I have this surgery and get the herniated disc taken care of but I will still have a bulging disc just beneath it so am I going to continue having the same type of problems since I have two discs with problems but they are only talking about operating on the worst one? I am so tired of being pressured to have this surgery and nobody seems to understand what I'm going through or why I'm so afraid. I am also a single mother of three kids and I have nobody to help me during recovery, etc. I just don't know what to do. I am going to see my doctor tomorrow and I am afraid that if I don't agree to the surgery now that physical therapy has basically kicked me out they are just going to say we can't help you anymore or something. I would do almost anything to avoid this surgery. Oh and also this was a work related injury so I have to go through all the hoops of L an I. And will my compensation stop if I don't have the surgery? If I DO have permanent nerve damage and I have the surgery will I still have all the same symptoms anyway after the surgery? I am just so anxious and terrified and feeling really alone. Any help or advice or sharing of similar stories would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.