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.