Re: Help- C5-C6 - RT Arm Pain - Numb - Surgeon wants me to get a shot
The key is in the adjectives used. Radiologists use a range of minimal/mild/moderate/severe to indicate how bad something is. You can see that "moderate" is just below "severe". If it were "severe", the surgeon might want to go ahead and operate. If the radiologist says just "moderate", then she's maybe going farther out on a limb than she likes. Hence, the attempt at a conservative treatment.
FWIW, I think it's pretty likely that the bulging disk is pressing on your C6 nerve and causing the neck pain and arm symptoms. One giveaway might be if you have right thumb symptoms. It's quite possible, as well, that a different radiologist might have labeled the disk problem as "severe".
I suspect you are stuck with the shot, for now. Who knows.... maybe it will work wonders.
You might want to take the opportunity to discuss with the surgeon how, exactly, she would operate if/when she decides to go ahead...
Last edited by WebDozer; 07-03-2012 at 11:08 AM.