Hi, I'm new to the forum and hoping I can clear up some questions I have about my injury. I've been diagnosed with having a herniated disc between T-2 and T-3. It's not causing any promblems with any limbs, but does cause some significant pain with my upper back muscles.
I've seen two NS's and both have said surgery is not an option right now. (After listening to their descriptions, and reading about it here, I'm definitely not interested in the surgery.) The last NS said only two things will help the disc: time or surgery. Since surgery is not an option, I'm curious whether time will help, either.
Apparently the injury is from degeneration over a length of time, not a sudden incident. The last straw happened in mid-May and I've been off work since the first part of June. The NS said to give it another two months. My family doctor, in whom I have a lot of confidence, believes that if it hasn't gotten any better in the last two months, two more months won't yield any better results. As much as I want it to get better, I tend to agree with my family doctor. Hence, my questions:
How likely is thing to heal on its own?
If it doesn't shrink and heal on its own, will attenuating the pain with meds/TENS, etc. to allow for more activities make it more likely the hernia will worsen or lead to a rupture?
Are there any excercises or activities I can do to help it heal; not just relieve the pain?
Thanks for any responses.