Hello folks, I'll just give the bare bones about it. Degenerative disc disease, pinched nerve c6 area, on W/C temp disability, decided to avoid surgery and manage with acupuncture and exercise. Unable to operate computers or sit for prolonged periods (I'm doing this fast with Dragon speech), looking at maybe not ever finding work and going on permanent disability after the W/C settlement.
The catch is, I'm so limited as to what & how much I can do, long drives kill me, even my guitar playing suffers which is a tough one for me. Recently laying down to sleep has become a nightmare, I get numbness & discomfort in my hand no matter how I lay my head, and have to intoxicate myself to get to sleep. Oddly enough the pain is less troublesome at times than the effects on my arm & hand, although I have some bad days with that disc that I sometimes question my decision. With my w/c case coming to a close most likely this year, I have a lot of anxiety.
I decided not to have the surgery out of fear, the risks, the way the ortho surgeons (& w/c) were pushing me to go under the knife, the majority of people I spoke with who had spine surgery had bad experiences, and they wanted an ortho surgeon to do it when I was asking for a neurosurgeon to do it, if I were to have the surgery. At the time my condition was somewhat manageable, and I talk to people with history of pain who say they just "deal with it", some of who've had major accidents, etc.
I just don't know how uncomfortable I should be, even acupuncture doesn't help like it used to, but I still don't want a cervical laminectomy. Just don't know how low my quality of life is right now, hard to judge it.