After attending our medical centre, being sent to Emergency (then home again), and 2 different doctors, and a shoulder x-ray. They said nothing. I was convinced my diagnosed *muscle spasms had to be something else. I was in agony! A physio picked the problem.....a nerve issue. Back to the doctor again, sent for a the neck xray, like the physio had suggested, and they found the C5 - C6 protrusion problem that resting on the nerve root. At least I know now I was a hypocondriact (excuse spelling!) Its been 1 month since I woke up with this pain and I feel like running into a wall. Saw the surgeon today and now I have to go for a MRI before they discuss with me surgery and possible steroid injections..... but all this takes time and a crap load of money. I really cannot stand this pain anymore but I'm sure they think I'm dramatizing it otherwise they'd dose me up.....wouldn't they? I have 2 weeks to wait till my MRI. I know my arm doesn't feel quite as bad as what it was in the beginning (now I'm not crying on my kitchen floor at least!) but is surgery my only option????? Surgeons and doctors don't get very technical to me because I don't really understand or know what to ask....has anyone ever paid for this type of operation rather than waiting on the list? I'm only 33 and have to work (beautiful children involved!) but not on a health care card. Anyone know an approximate cost? My neck, although I know this is the problem, is quite fine....I can put up with this bit no worries..but my left arm just aches constantly!!!! PLEASE HELP ME WITH YOUR EXPERIENCES so I know what to expect!