Hello, I am attempting to research all I can and stumbled onto this site (I wish I had found it sooner). My auto accident was a little over one year ago. In the accident, my right rotator cuff was torn and I have a c3-c4 3mm herniation mainly on the right as well. Shoulder surgery took place 10 months ago and has healed nicely. I had 3 esi 2 weeks apart, the last one being in June of this year to treat the herniation. The first two injections did nothing to stop my neck, head, shoulder, or jaw pain but the third stopped all pain except for the flare ups of burning pain at the base of my skull and the everyday headaches. Dr. sent me to PT and chiropractor 2 months ago. First day of adjustment by the chiropractor and I regressed back to everything hurting. In pain, I believed them when they said that my symptoms were to be expected (a warning beforehand would have been nice). Back at the Doc now and he is recommending and says that I am a perfect candidate for ProDisc-C Total Disc Replacement. I am a 37 year old male that is, well was highly athletic and always on the go. Any pros or cons to this surgery versus ACDF? I have read that the fusion is strong once it heals. Is this also true for replacement. Has this wreck ruined my life? So many questions. Any advice or shared information would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance