Hi all new here, had sports injury last year in sept im only 28...i had a catscan no mri or xray due to no insurance...i go to college and the athletic trainers at my school evaluated me and told me that i have nerve root impingement and most likely from the collision something pulled a facet joint out of line trapping the nerve...after the injury i had pronounced weakness, radiating pain down to the fingers, numbness tingling whole nine...now it;s six mos later after strengthening and i finished the season when i came back from the injury...although this seems to be getting worse manifesting...my catscan showed small bonespur, and disc protrusion c/5/c6 on catscan and height loss of vertabrae...when i turn my neck i can hear clicking when it rains the pain seems to gets worse, and as time goes on the injury may be getting worse although i have stopped the rehab exercising due to a full college load. having calculus problems lol. anyhow i am wondering how will i know definitively when enough is enough injury wise like because i really havent gotten checked out enough i can only hypothesize my injury are there any symptoms where like ok u need the hospital and surgery NOW five minutes ago type thing and if so what are they...i have learned to live with the radiating pain, ear noises, pressure, headaches, and everything else from it...i was told to avoid fusion at all costs..Also my major is computer science my worry is that i wont be able to perform it anymore after the injury because of neck injury.. should i be looking into a different major before it;s too late?>
Also what course of action could someone take with no health insurance to get fully checked out because from what i am reading on google there is no way to definitively diagnose a facet disorder like what the trainers think i have where a ligament pulls a facet out of position.. Also ddoes the trainer popping my neck will that make it worse later... Sorry for rambling i just been freestyling this post it;s very late and im very worried about my future because im told im like this for life and there;s no way out besides fusion.