Been through the conservative treatments (steroids, nerve blocks, PT, NSAIDs, Tylenlol), time for surgery for a herniated disc compressing a nerve according to an MRI. Numbness in my fingers has improved a bit, underarm/shoulder/elbow/wrist pain too, but movement and doing PT can bring it back at any time. I'm still doing PT, traction, etc daily as I am able. I'm sick of getting my six-year-old dressed in the AM or brushing my hair being an excruciating experience. I'm also not getting a lot of support from friends for my having surgery. It's frustrating because it's not like I want to spend a bunch of money and have general anesthesia with breathing tube. People say they are just concerned about me, but implicit is that I haven't done enough or that am rushing towards unnecessary surgery. I feel like I'm constantly having to defend my decision. The worst people to talk to are those, who claim to have had "similar symptoms" without getting an MRI, and who "cured" themselves through going to the chiropractor or the best one: "Running with better posture." I even went to the chiro to be able to say I was exploring every option (no adjustments), but he'd dig into my nerves and I'd leave in worse pain that didn't relent. So, now one week ahead of surgery, every moment I'm not in excruciating pain I start to doubt my decision and my husband looks at me with hope that everything will magically be fine. Anyway, thanks for allowing me to vent.