I had an EMG done today along with a second MRI on the thoracic spine. I haven't gotten the results back on the MRI yet, but the EMG shows nerve damage in both arms due to a C5-C6 herniation. My doctor said we would try conservative treatment first (for me it's Physical Therapy 2 times a week fr 4 weeks, Celebrex and an upcoming Epidural Steriod/Anesthetic Block) and then if this didn't work, she would have to operate. I'm wondering if anyody knows of situations where a herniated cervical disc that causes nerve damage heals? I have had pain for 2 years so I know that this injury is older than 6 weeks. From what I'm reading, 6 weeks seems to be the standard healing time. Does nerve damage mean that surgery is the only option? How bad can the nerve damage get? I'm still shocked by all of this because I went to the doctor for a chronic headache that no one could help me with and found out I had a herniated disc. Anyway, sorry so long. I have a million questions. Thanks in advance!