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Am I missing something?

broken-wingbbroken-wing Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have been doing some reading on this website and I hope I am not making a redundant post.

I believe I have a herniated disc(s) in my neck but as of yet I have not seen a doctor. I have tried to go to a local free clinic but they say they have no funding to do MRI's.

I went to the local Health department and they have a medical plan for poor people. If you make $908 or less per month, you are eligible. I make $992 per month. No help there.

In short, I have not seen a doctor and I have started contacting my elected representatives.

The emergency room is an option, but there is no guarantee they would give me an MRI.

But that is not my question.
I have had pain in my right arm along with tingly feelings and numbness in my fingers. This has been going on for 10 weeks. I injured it either sleeping and/or doing pushups and possibly jerking my head up while doing them.

The pain is not excruciating. But it is there. I have stopped doing my exercise of choice, which is bicycling. I have started walking a lot.

The pain seems like it is very very slowly subsiding. But somedays I feel like it is never going to get better. I am wondering if there is something in my activities that is preventing me from getting better.

Should I be taking NSAIDS everyday? I hate meds and I read that NSAIDS are not as good for nerve pain as they are for muscular pain and such. I work overnite, and I am afraid the meds will make me fall asleep.

I keep a computer at work in a backpack. When I go into work, I reach up above my head to grab the computer stuff five nights a week, and when I put it back I have to reach above my head to put the computer back where I got it. Is this act of reaching up and grabbing this computer keeping me from healing?

When I drive to work and use the stick shift, my fingers and lower arm start tingling. Should I be avoiding activities that make my arm tingle? If the answer is yes, that would mean I couldn't drive to work, tie my shoes, brush my teeth, or lift my arm above my waist.

I am doing mckenzie exerices for my neck which i learned about in a book.

I bought a tempur-pedic cervical pillow.

I am using heat therapy like maybe a half dozen times a day.

I stretch as often as I can.

I bounce gently on a rubber therapy ball once or twice a day to stimulate blood flow to the discs.

I can't afford massages, chiropracters, or any kind of formal doctoring.

Am I ever going to get better?
Am I missing something that I should be doing.


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