Jim is absolutely right and usually problems with the cervical disks affects the arms and hands, the thorasic disk usually affect the chest and abdominal area, and the lumbar disk affect the legs and the sacro disks affect the legs and groin area. Surgery is usually a last resort fix, and it does not alway work! However with that said, it is often necessary to prevent further damage to the nerve and prevent loss of use, the the affected area. As a general rule the thorasic disk are the most difficult to work on and most surgeons will not touch them unless it is absolutely necessary, the cervical disk in the neck are usually the easiest for the surgeon to get at, and work on, but any damage to this area can affect the rest of the whole body, especially the closer you get to the head, C-1/2/3 area. The lumbar and Sacro area is usually the most frequent area to go bad and gives most people the most problems, and is the are that most surgeries are preformed on, but it is not the most easy area for a surgeon to work on. Allot of people have a condition called Sciatic Nerve pain and it affects their hip and goes down the back of their leg, and it is extremely painful usually it is caused by the L-4/5 disks. There is some overlap of most of the disk areas and if you google dermatome Map of the body you can see what Jim and I are talking about.
Good Luck to You, and Please let us know how you come out on this!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!