Newbie here, my story is this -
I have recently emigrated to Canada from the UK with my wife and 3 year old son, which has been a very stressful time in our lives. I was only in the country a couple of weeks and on one of my regular gym visits I injured my neck, I only had slight pain but the next morning I was in the worst pain I have ever felt, basically my right arm felt like someone had stabbed me with a knife, and my thumb and index finger total numbness.
So my doctor sent me for a CT scan which confirmed a very large Cervical Herniated Disc C6-C7, which was very close to my spinal cord. At the time of my results my arm felt much better and I have improved movement in my neck, but my fingers are still numb, and I get major pain in bed when I lay down. So my doctor suggested a month of rest before we make a decision about what to do next.
My doctor seems to think it's a bad one, so I am guessing I am going to need surgery somewhere down the line.
I am only 31 and thought I was invincible but this is the worst pain I have ever felt.
My questions are,
Has anybody recovered from a large Cervical Disc Herniation without surgery?
Where they able to continue with sporting activities?
I am very nervous about the surgery, do most people make a full recovery?
I have been through hell and back with this injury and it makes me so depressed, I have not yet been able to look for work in my new home because of the injury so you can imagine how stressful its been, but I guess other people on this forum have worse problems than me. I just got to get on with it.