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Herniated cervical disc

My MRI results:

At C5-C6, a small nerve root sleeve cyst is seen in the right neural foramen. At C6-C7, a broad-based disc protrusion is eccentric to the left. This herniated disc causes moderate- to-severe left and mild- to-moderate right neural foraminal stenosis. The disc also causes mild central spinal canal stenosis at C6-C7. At C7-T1, small nerve root sleeve cysts are seen in bilateral neural foramina.

My symptoms five months later: decreased but apparently permanent sensitivity of left thumb and index, very occasional mild neck discomfort.

My question: physical therapy focused on my arm, where I had the tingling and pain that prompted the MRI. Since then I’ve been told by a neurosurgeon NOT to get surgery and NOT to stop swimming or biking, but I don’t know how long the lost sensitivity should last before I worry. I have also moved to another country so I don’t know whether to try phys ther, acupuncture, craneosacral… I’m a mess!

Thanks for helping.
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