I have herniated disc at c4-c5 and c5-c6 levels. Have had pain in arm for past 10 weeks. The pain was intense but has reduced of late after 2 epidural injections, physical therapy and Chiropractic adjustments.
The pain is still there ... may be around 5 on a scale of 10 when I am not taking the pain killer. I have been taking hyrdocodone Acetamophin 5-325, 3 to 4 times daily. The pain does reduces when I take medication.
My question is should I go for surgery now or keep trying non surgical way ? One of the doctors says that condition like that of mine can improve over a period of time without surgery ? Another doctor says that since you have not fully recovered in 10 weeks with non surgical approach there is less chance of you getting fixed without surgery.
I wanted to check if there are people out there who have been able to get better without surgery if they tried for a extended period of time ?