In late may, I started to get some pain on the upper right side of my back. Eventually, starting June, the pain had started to travel to my shoulders, biceps, arms. The pain was about 7/8 at worse. I also had weakness in arms and numbness in middle, ring and pinky fingers. I got an MRI that shows:
C6-7: Right lateral recess disc protrusion seen with slight encroachment on the right anterior hemicord. Mild to moderate foraminal narrowing bilaterally from uncinate hypertrophy and/or disc diseases. Posterior ligamentum flavum hypertrophy seen. No cord impingement.
C:7-T1: Small right lateral recess disc protrusion extending towards the medial foraminal region. This might affect the existing right C8 nerve.
The doctor suggested nerve block. I got one block done. it improved pain, but it is was more come and go. I feel like I am good for 2 days, but then pain all of a sudden the third day. Sometimes the pain lingers 2/3, but bad days its 7/8. I take three 800mg ibprofens a day.
I went back to the surgeon, and he said surgery. I wanted to try PT. I did PT twice, and the pain was unbearable. It was making it worse.
I went to another surgeon, he suggested double level surgery, C6-T1. I am scheduled for surgery November 30th.
I am scared. I don't know if I am rushing into this. Should I try other things? Another block? Chiropractor? Another PT place? I am not sure if surgery is feasible at this stage. Also, I have read that C7-T1 is more difficult.
Has anyone had it done? How was the recovery? My daughter in law had c5-c7, and she's against it and discouraging me. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.