I suffered a rather severe C-7-T-1 herniated disk last week. There was no singular event that caused the hernia. I woke up one morning and after showering developed debilitating pain in my neck, left shoulder blade, and radiating pain down my left arm. An MRI showed "A moderately large and globular, left postoralateral disk herniation is characteristic of recent extrusion , nearly filling the left foramen and causing significant compression of the left side of the cord. No evidence of cord edema or myelomalacia."
Can anyone explain in lay terms what the findings show? I started off in major pain for 4 days that began to subside slightly in the past few days. I've been on medrol steroid packs, Tramadol, and methacarbonal for muscle relaxer. The meds (along with ice packs every hour) reduced the pain to mild to moderate. The pain level shoots up as I near 7 hours and the pain pills begin to wear off.
I've also been twice to a trusted chiropractor that has been given me considerable relief.
I know the next step is an epidural/spinal block, which I'm not adverse to doing, but I to get an idea of the extent of the damage to my disk, nerve bundle, etc...And more importantly I want to know If surgery is more than likely going to be required and how long I can expect to make a full recovery. I'm very active, (running, hiking, waterskiing, working out) and want to know how quickly I can lick this thing and get back to a normal life.
Thanks for anyone's help!