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Herniated

Yes, that's me. Mr. Herniated. Herniated disk at c7, bulging on right side, pinching the nerve which is causing the numbness and tingling in my right arm, shoulder, elbow and hand. Mostly, the numb forefinger that I've had for weeks.

Oh boy. Next stop - Neurosurgeon. My guess is the answer will be "Surgery Now" or "Surgery Later" - disks don't repair themselves, even with drugs and therapy.

So, I'm a little depressed about this.

Getting old sucks.

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spiritdance
Mar. 31st, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
They don't repair themselves, per se, but they can stabilize, given time :-)

My impression of neurosurgeons, so far, is that they really don't want to cut you unless it's gotten really bad really fast, or everything else has been tried.

If they send you on for an epidural steroid injection, you'll be in fine company - both cadhla and filker0 had gone that route. Feel free to call us if you want to talk.
cyndee1949
Apr. 1st, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Uncle Bunk has something simular years ago and the surgeon fixed it...and he is doing fine....as you know!
Hang in there! Let us know if we can do anything.
ashenseraph
Apr. 1st, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
Bummer. Do read the latest articles on back surgery and whether or not it's worth it before you make a decision, though.

Yeah, getting old sucks. Gaining wisdom is nice, but the physical breakdown bites.
sexybass
Apr. 1st, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Getting old sucks
Sorry to hear about this Scott but glad they found it when they did before it got even worse. I was just diagnosed with Diabetes after going for a check up for the first time ever. You are right, getting old sucks :-P We both send you hugs and best wishes.
mycroftca
Apr. 1st, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
Ouch.

You really might want to talk to me about this...not on LJ, though.

bardling
Apr. 1st, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
:(((
*hugs, gentle ones*
bedlamhouse
Apr. 1st, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

I agree with many above, the good news is that they found it and at least you know what is coming.

It's also not your fretting hand...
jodimuse
Apr. 1st, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Hope things improve with a minimum of fuss and bother. *hugs*!
it_aint_easy
Apr. 1st, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Ack!
Yipe Scott! I wish you well in dealing with this. Numb fingers are problematic for computer professionals, and even more for guitarists. Here's to a full, quick recovery.
janmagic
Apr. 2nd, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
hey, sorry you hurt. surgery if you must, how ever what go out can go back. check all options. have you been on the chiropractic route yet? massage can help. it is all about creating the space for the health to return.

a client had a "true nerve pinch" AND IT took almost 2 months for her to get all feeling back. with excellent massage therapy, some chiropractic and i think some physical therapy.

good luck.

mbumby
Apr. 9th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
Ouch. It does beat some of the alternatives, though. I know several people who've gotten epidurals, and overall are happy with them. I know at least one person who's gotten surgery (although I don't know what her diagnosis was) -- and my back (nothing herniated afaik) has been treated with chiropractic, after 2 or 3 years of which, the semi-numbness in my right hip was mostly gone.

Best wishes.
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