New to the forum here. I am 28 yrs old and have recently, been diagnosed with a large herniated disc (C6-C7) most likely from overdoing at the gym or elsewhere. Initially, I had neck pain accompanied by finger and forearm numbness and mild radiating pain throughout my arm for the first week. Now, after 3 months I only have mild neck pain and numbness in my index finger than has not gotten worse or better since this all started. After unsuccessful tries with PT and oral steroids, I'm currently receiving epidural steroid injections (first one was 5 days ago- haven't noticed improvements yet). One neurosurgeon and one orthopedic surgeon both recommended ACDF, which I refuse to do at my age. I am very interested in disc replacement, but again,with my age I am very hesitant to try as well.
The main thing I wanted to ask is if anyone else has experienced a large cervical herniation without pain, but is still experiencing numbness?
I do have an appointment with Dr.XYZ from the ABCn Institute in Philadelphia next week. From what I've read, he's a very experienced and decorated spine surgeon who does perform disc replacements.
Like I said, I'm fairly youg, very athletic, and this injury is really holding me back from doing the things I love. Is there anyone out there that has experienced a similar situation?
Thanks for listening!
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