Hi, I'm a 47 year old teacher from the U.K. I was assaulted by a special needs student in June 2011 and was punched 16-18 times in head. Have had a weak neck since and very painful shoulder. I can get referred head pain that can leave me sobbing. Also have weak right arm. After physio at a local hospital pain increased,became fain and a muscle bulged out at the side of my neck (it is still raised 4 months on) and fainted on two occasions . I had an MRI scan privately that revealed two bulging discs, one which appears to be touching the spinal cord. I saw a rheumatologist yesterday who was dismissive and said that disc bulges don't cause pain, that the bulge was undoubtedly not due to the assault but a mild degenerative condition and that my arm wasn't weak. Help, don't know who to turn to next and things aren't getting any better as I now have constant aching in my right leg too. Any advice from anyone would be much appreciated. Oh, this rheumatologist suggested more phyio but I feel very nervous about this.