I had a severely herniated disc, but it was in the lowerback (L5,S1), not in the neck. I had a discectomy 1 1/2 years ago, and knock on wood, was very successful.
I would strongly suggest getting at least 2 opinions on what your options are. I got three-the second surgeon suggested a fusion vs. discectomy, to which the other 2 said was completely ridiculous for my situation.
I can appreciate what you are going through. Hang in there.
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