Once getting over the fear of his initial diagnosis, Sean decided to do what any person in his position would do, and he decided to pay a visit to orthopedic specialist Dr. Armin Tehrany; this is what followed.
Sean: After being diagnosed with a C3 and C4 herniated discs, I went to see an orthopedic specialist." Dr. Tehrany: "This is the spinal cord, here the height of the bone looks good, the disc, the jelly donut looks great, but here, you see the difference? See how it looks like it looks squashed? The jelly's pushing up against that nerve. Sean: "Against my spinal cord?" Dr. Tehrany: "Not good, yeah." Sean: "Physically I felt like I was the incredible shrinking man, I was eating less, I was becoming weaker, I was immobile. Emotionally I was feeling, oh boy, I'm not gonna be able to skate again, I'm not gonna be able to throw a football, am I gonna be able to go into the backyard and play with my kids? That's completely cutoff, that's and I'm really scared about. Dr. Tehrany: "You know walking if that happens, you could be paralyzed%u2026the key to telling you now, cuz I know that's what you're concerned about. That's not gonna happen to you, don't worry about it. What you do now is say, fortunately the level of disherniation that I suffered a week and a half ago wasn't that bad enough that it causes me to not have any feeling in my fingers, but that'll come back." Sean: "What I was reading online, and what I was hearing was that there were success stories, that you could overcome this to a large degrees through rehabilitation, through patience, and a little bit of luck.