A few of my lovely friends have asked what's going on with this bulging disc business.
I got a second opinion and the verdict was the same - surgery. A fusion in my neck.
Well, I still find this unacceptable. My wonderful first doctor checked in on me at work, and he said, "I know I scared you, but I have been trained that when symptoms like yours present surgery is how I fix it." I love honesty.
I cannot have surgery until I have exhausted all effort on my side.
So, physical therapy. Its a long road but I have seen a little progress. Yes my arm still hurts, my neck aches like crazy, and my hand and arm still go numb periodically. I have changed what I eat to help heal. I stay home. I pop B vitamins like they are going out of style. I have to work at this and I believe in it. I am comfortable with this approach. We are so used to instant everything. Unless I put my fam in massive debt, this is the road worth taking.
A looooooooong road but worth it in the end.