I am so glad I found this forum! I am 32 years old and have had chronic neck pain and shoulder blade pain for the past year. It started out as just being a little bit of neck pain and numbness in my hand. It has now progressed to be neck pain, arm/shoulder pain, and hand pain/numbess. I had an MRI of my C-Spine last year that showed a bulging disc at C5-C6. The "Doctor" that ordered the test never called me regarding the results and basically just dropped the ball. Our of sheer frustration, I put my pain off up until about a month ago. We just bought our first home and there is so much to do. I started having serious pain in my hand and also in my neck and shoulder. I returned to a different Dr. that a coworker referred me to very reluctantly. He read my MRI from last year and was very upset that the previous Dr. basically dropped the ball. He ordered a repeat MRI and NCS/EMG. The MRI still showed the bulging disc and now showed bone spurs in same area. The NCS showed that the nerves on the left side are being pinched. He has talked to me and told me we could go with the steriod injections and the spine block etc, but in the long run, I would have a very high chance of needing the surgery anyway. My mother has had the same procedure done so he also stated it could be something genetically with my vertebrae.
So I am scheduled for the surgery and now very nervous. I am doubting myself about whether the pain is bad enough, is the surgery gonna help take the pain away, etc.
Questions to ya'll would be:
Do you think my issues are severe enough for the surgery?
Did any of you have neck pain and did the surgery help?
Did any of you have chronic headaches and did the surgery help with that?
Thanks in advance for the reponse and I'm glad I've found people that can relate!!!
P.S. For those of you post op, can you please tell me about your recovery time?