Hello everyone. I am 26 years old and have some neck problems and questions.
First off about 6 monthes ago I started getting horrible pain in my neck. I shook it off for a month or so then decided to go to the doctor.
They first did x-rays at the doctors office and said I had degenerative disc disease. Sent me to physical therapy for 3 weeks, but no pain relief. They did elec stem and exercises.
Went back to doctor and he sent me to a speialist. They ordered MRI's but insurance would not pay until I went through some more PT. So three more weeks of PT with no help.
Finally got an MRI and I have a herniated disc c5,6. Doctor had me go back to PT with traction. It seemed to help for a while.
within the last two weeks the pain got severe...it is so bad....pain in my neck, goes into my shoulder and down my arm....The pain is so bad...I am taking percocet, neurotin, flexeril, naproxen, and they ran me through a pack of steriods.
Went back to specialist and he advised I will need surgery....ordered one more MRI to make sure nothing has changed...That is scheduled for Monday 2/9/09....then back down to see him on 2/11/09 to schedule surgery. Said I will have a disc disectomy...bone graph from hip, plates and screws...
Anyway....I just need some second oponions on weither or not I should go through with this....only being 26 I wonder how it will affect the rest of my life....I am now in very bad pain....dont get outta bed much....hurts to walk...arm pain is severe and cant find a comfortable way to sleep. Not to mention headaches and stomach issues from taking pills.
i work in the HVAC field and install furnaces...a/c...ect. I have been off work 2 weeks now and my employer is working with me....very good boss.
I just dont know what to do or if I have any other options.
Any info would be greatly appreciated