I'm 37 years old and got a herniated disc,c5c6; that is pressing against my left nerve root and spinal canal. My symptoms are tight muscles in the left scapular region, and mild weakness in the left wrist, and some mild neck pain that comes and goes. No loss of feeling, nor any numbness.
I saw a neurosurgeon and he recommended acdf, another neurosurgeon said that it should heal on its own with some pt and time.
I was confused so I went to get some more opinions. Another neurosurgeon explained it clearly to me that if I do not do anything about it I will be at risk of paralysis if I had a severe traumatic incident to the neck since the disc is already close to the spinal cord; or I can have surgery and take the minimum risk that it comes with to eliminate the risk of paralysis. Dr also expressed since my symptoms are mild it's hard for a person to make a decision for surgery.
BUT I also did some research and came across incidents where cervical herniated discs regressed by themselves over time.
Confused. Trying to look for a good approach to my situation.