I have recently been diagnosed based on a CT Scan and MRI with bulging or herniated disc 5 & 6 that are pressing on my spinal cord and protusion of the 4 & 5. The Dr has told me that surgery is a must or withing 2-3 months it could cause motor funtions to start to deteriorate. I would like to know if anyone has had this surgery and what I should expect regarding the recovery process and getting back to work. I am a cosmotologist.
I am hesitant of any dr that just jumps right into surgery without trying all other conservative and non-ivasive methods first!! Get 2nd and 3rd opinions from different drs. What does your mri state? Do you have a copy of the report? What are your symptoms?
I make the assumption that you are talking about cervical discs...if you truly have cord compression, which the MRI probably would show (was it with contrast??), you very well could have long-term neurological effects if it is not relieved in a short period of time.
If you trust the spine doctor, let him repair it. As a cosmetologist, you are going to need the use of your arms your whole career.
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