Howdy all. 41 year old male
on Thursday June 6 MRI showed "significant moderately herniated disk between c6-c7"
I've always had back and neck pain from rugby, construction and weight lifting. so here is the current situation
Injury happened on May 8th and the pain seemed like"the usual". I went to PT and had electrostim & massage. My neck cramps freed up but the pain remained, i figured it was just lingering tightness in my shoulder blade and went about my life.
June 2nd I woke up with what felt like a gigantic knot in my upper back and neck. When I lay down to sleep, this pain or something similar sets in within a couple of hours (or less) Haven't slept more than 2 hours/night since. I've never had a problem sleeping and the inability to do so is freaking me out.
I can't get in to see the Neurosurgeon until sometime next week so I am trying to do my own info-gathering
Looking on the internet has been sobering and frightening. It seems my options are :
1.waiting it out while taking medication to mitigate the pain for weeks-months. I do not like to take medication, I am on vicadin now and it lessens the pain but sleeping last night didn't happen. I don't want to get addicted to it or any other drug.
2. Having a surgery that removes the disk and fuses the vertebrae. But it seems like from the internet these surgeries are risky (at best)
I am terrified, I can't calm myself down and need some help.
Is there any good news? What are the chances my symptoms will get better on their own? If they do improve am I done doing the things I love (gym, mowing lawns, chopping wood,)
Are surgeries as bad as I have read? Do they really only last a year or two and then the symptoms come back. . .
I know these are generalizations, but anything positive will help me calm down.
Thanks for listening,