I promised you an update once I heard back about my MRI, and I also promised not to take up valuable “show” time by talking about it during the podcast. Plus, keeping it relegated to the blog allows people to discuss it separately from music in the shows.

I had my follow-up appointment with the doctor after my MRI, and the news is somewhat positive. I do indeed have a herniated disc (between vertebrae C4 and C5), and it is pinching the nerve that travels down my left arm. This is resulting in an inability to raise my left elbow above shoulder level. I can screw in a lightbulb with my right hand without a problem, but my left arm just stops when I try to lift it about halfway.

And although this isn’t my MRI, this gives you an idea of what mine looked like:

(Mine looks the same, except there’s one of those cartoon fish skeletons about halfway down my neck.)

The good news is that, while I was in tremendous pain a month ago when I first had this diagnosed, the pain has all but gone away. The doctor feels that this is a good sign, and wants to monitor any changes over the next month or two, but not to pursue any aggressive treatment unless my situation changes, or if nothing changes for three months. I’ll still be going to physical therapy twice a week to prevent any additional pressure or strain on my disc.

So for right now, the news is hopeful, and I’ll keep you up-to-date as I find out anything new myself.