Re: C5/6 disc prolapse - advice
Don't get too worried... I'll bet surgeons tell 1,000 people they might get paralyzed in a fall for every one who actually does get paralyzed. Maybe 10,000.
Sounds like you have a pretty straightforward impaction of your left C6 nerve, which would affect your triceps and thumb, mostly. Even if it's a herniation, you might be able to have the extruded material removed by a foraminotomy, leaving what's left of the disk in place. Maybe you'll have to have the disk removed, though, which is a somewhat bigger operation, though still routine...