I've been having arm pain since last Feburary, I got an MRI Tuesday and met with my doctor today. On top of a herniated disc in my neck which is pressing on my nerve to my arm (hence the pain) I have a congenital defect in my spine. Essentially, where my spine should be floating in spinal fluid, there is a severe narrowing that is putting pressure on my spinal cord. They need to cut a door of sorts in my vertebrae to relieve the pressure. Its really lucky I herniated my disc, otherwise if went untreated, I could be paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident quite easily. Also if untreated, I'll slowly become paralyzed.
I'm going into the hospital tonight, and getting surgery tomorrow.
Wish me luck!
An aside to my students:
I'm not exactly sure when I'll be back to work. Please show up to class as normal, instructions will be given to you.