Re: Herniated Disc- Does it ever fully heal?
I've just learned a lot on my journey as a patient. It's true that the disc can shrink (dehydrate), yet this can cause other problems as the space between vertebrae is reduced. Disc or disc fragments can change position and sometimes this can cause symptoms to improve or worsen.
You could have the same damage, more damage, or just more nerve irritation or impingement and associated symptoms.
Tough to tell until you get new MRI and physician consultations and examinations.
Personally I prefer Orthopedic Spine Surgeons but both an OSS and Neurosurgeon would be appropriate.
Let me know if I can help in any way.
Rt&Lt thumb arthroplasty 2012 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS 2011
Fusions: L5-S1 (87), L4-S1 (93), C5-C7 ('06), L3-S1 ('10)
C5-C7 foraminotomy 08