hi - I am new to the forums and pretty new to spine related issues, I have been getting numerous diagnosis over the years but since November this year things got progressively worse to the point where I can barely sit because of the pain in my spine that is radiating to my shoulders, head, arms (my arms also get numb in certain positions) I also have fatigue, dizziness, muscle twitching, muscle burning, jaw and face pain, loss of balance, some of confusion on daily basis and many of the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.
Yesterday I have had an xray done (MRI is coming up of both cervical and thoracic regions) and the xray says I have herniated and pinched intervertebral disc c5-c6 in my cervical region and scoliosis (it does not mention how severe my scoliosis is).
I am confused about these terms - does a pinched nerve necessarily mean that the disc is herniated?
I've read on Mayo the description for herniated disk - A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine.
A spinal disk is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the softer "jelly" pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior.
A herniated disk can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. On the other hand, many people experience no symptoms from a herniated disk. Most people who have a herniated disk don't need surgery to correct the problem.
I have severe depression because of this issue, it has never been so bad, the pain is excruciating, my head burns all the time, I walk like a drunk person, my upper spine burns especially with sitting, resting seems to be better and walking too.
I want to ask the more experience members that know about cervical disc herniation (I know I can not get a definitive answer since there is no doctor here) but is this really serious, I mean I've read that surgery is needed? Does anyone believe I would need a surgery? I cannot stand the pain any more, it get to the point where I cannot speak because of it.
Thanks in advance.