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Hi, i'm new here, first post.
November 2015 i felt something go in my upper back/bottom of neck.Wasn't exactly a pain feeling but more like a weird shiver but i knew immediately it was something very very wrong and srious.Neck stiffened up immediately.I'd had a heavy bag on my shoulder.After a few days of just a stiff neck i started getting aching in right arm which then progressed within a day or two to agonising burning sensation all the way down right arm to my fingers.Went to doc who sorted me out with arranging an MRI scan on my cervical.Waited a month for the scan then another 3 weeks for the result.Result said i have a disc bulge between c6 and c7.Doctor referred me to the Referral Support Service and i was told i'd have to wait 2 weeks for a letter which i think will have a choice of spinal surgeons to choose from.Won't get the lettter for another week then i i'm not sure what happens, as i said i think i have to choose a spinal surgeon.No i dea how long i'll have to wait to just see him/her though.Just wondering how long the wait to see a spinal surgeon will be, anyone give me some idea? Then what are the options for me? Will i need an operation or is there another way of fixing it? I was in absolute agony a month or two ago but i can now kill the pain just simply with Ibroprofen - it's like the pain has eased a bit since two months ago - EXCEPT when i do anything physical.So i can't work and have been off work for 2 months so far and they'll stop paying me sick pay in a month's time and i'll have to go on SSP.I'm going to have to make a claim on my personal accident & sickness policy but even then it's not guarenteed my claim will be successful.It will pay me an amount each month for 1 year if my claim is accepted.
So i'm not in great pain as long as i'm taking it easy and not working or doing physical stuff and the Iboprofen kills any pain i do have.But the disc is obviously still bulged.Today however i noticed slight numbness,pins & needles and aching on left side of my body; my left arm and left leg when i've been sitting a while.All the problems i've had up til now have been in my right shoulder and right arm and hand.Very very worried with this new development.Getting worried the constant impingement on the nerves by the disc is causing damage.
How long will i be off work for? Its begining to dawn on me this could go on for months and months, maybe a year, maybe even longer.How long will i have to wait to even just see a spinal surgeon? I'm going to have to ask my work if they'll keep my job open for me.I could be off for a year or more.
At this point i'm , as i said, not in great pain but am worried about the new development with the left side numbness.
I'm in my late 40s and i think the disc is damaged from wear and tear and having a heavy bag over my shoulder one day was the final thing that made the disc bulge.The pain wasnt bad the first few days but then i started getting excrutiating burning sensation down my right arm.But a month or two later it's not half as bad and as i said i can manage it now with just ibroprofen. Could the disc actually be healing itself? Like it's slinking back in to place? But then why have i started getting numbness down the left side of my body? How long will i have to wait to see a surgeon? How long for treatment? Endless questions and i'm starting to feel really really down and scared about this whole thing.I may lose my job if i'm off real long term.Will i be able to do any physical work ever again anyway???
Congratulations if you've read to the end of my long post and thankyou for perservering if you did.And thankyou in advance if you take the trouble to reply.
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