Hello! I'm new to this post and looking for some advice.
I'm 29 years old. 1 1/2 years ago I was diagnosed with a herniated disc between my c5-c6. I've been through physical therapy twice, drugs (steroids and muscle relaxers), chiropractor, and pretty much eliminating all strenuous activities out of my life. Certainly not a normal 29 year old life style! I can't sleep on my right side without waking up in pain either.
My pain resides on my right side and consists of sharp pains in my neck, burning in my shoulder area, and sharp aching muscle pain down my right arm. I used to get tingling sensations but don't much anymore.
I've seen an orthopedic doctor who referred me to their surgeon. Then I waited a few months and decided to go to a neuro doctor who referred me to a neuro surgeon. The ortho surgeon said after looking at my MRI I had a herniated disc. The neruo surgeon after looking at my MRI seems to think I have a bone spur more than a herniated disc. They both mentioned I was really young to have surgery but with no relief in 1 1/2 years it seems to make sense.
I'm confused!!!! I have scheduled surgery for December 10th with a neuro surgeon for a Microendoscopic discectomy (MED).
Should I go through with the surgery or am I missing something else I could be doing??? I'm scared and don't know if this is the right choice!