should I be concerned about nerve damage? I don't want surgery. No idea why I have the herniated disc other than my age - in my 40's but I'm somewhat phycially active - exercise 2-3x per week, but have a 8 hr/40 hr week desk job with repetitive computer/typing which may be a contributing factor. I'm thinking I should just manage with Gabapentin (drug) short term and physical therapy as long term solution. Did anyone experience nerve damage because they chose not to have surgical type procedure(s)? It's my left arm that is affected, by the C6 herniation. My brother had multiple surgeries over the years for degenerative disc and he's basically disabled now and lives a life of pain.
MRI shows herniated C6. Dr wants me to see surgeon since I may have nerve damage, pain is minimal?
- 22 Oct 2013 by ReneeSummer70
- 23 Oct 2013
- neuralgia, herniated disc, doctor, nerves, nerve, mri
Added 22 Oct 2013:
Clarifying my question - did anyone experience severe nerve damage because they chose not to have surgery or do anything about their herniated disc?
You can see the surgeon and see what he has to say. That doesnt mean you HAVE to have surgery! You can always say no. I would see the surgeon and ask him your questions. Have you had an EMG? This test will show if there is any impingement on the nerve or any damage occurring. The surgeon may even tell you that surgery is not needed. Your Dr is just covering his bases.
Again, there is no way to tell you this without further testing. The surgeon should be able to tell you the ramifications of not having the surgery. An EMG will tell if there is any pressure on the nerve or anything that could possibly cause damage. A person can have herniations and yet not have any nerve impingement. Since you say the pain is not bad, it is likely that you dont have a great deal of impingement because "pinched" nerves are exquisitely painful. I have low back herniations but not a lot of nerve impingement so I dont have much pain that runs down the legs although I do at times. I spoke to two different surgeons who offered to do a fusion surgery which I declined. IF your nerve is badly impinged, you may want to think about surgery to release it, or you can wait, but if you have progressive weakness in your arms or legs, it may at some point be imperative to do surgery. There is no way to tell just from an MRI if there is damage to nerves. If a nerve is impinged then damage over time can be permanent.
Hi! I had the same herniation. I'm 34 but had surgery done last year on it. The nerve pain in my arm was horrible. I know you said you don't want surgery but just wanted to let you know that I had the surgery done (pretty much cause it was herniated so bad pressing on my spinal cord a fall or jolt could paralyze me) and woke up from surgery pain free. A year has gone and just some small pain when I do way too much. I'm glad I did it. Best of luck to you in whatever you decide.
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