It has been a long time since I posted. I had a neck injury 1 year ago and since then have had excruciating pain in hands and feet, with loss of movement in big toe of left foot. Swollen knees for four months and general heaviness when I walk. (Plus usual neck pain and fatigued right arm) Now I have chest pain and a wildly erratic heart beat with from 50 ectopic heart beats per minute. Exhausted and now quite upset. Can pass out at the drop of a hat. Have seen spinal surgeon who recommended disc replacement C5/6 but cannot afford it. Will now need to make a case to an NHS rheumatologist for surgerybut need further advice. My disc shows dessication and consistent loss of cord signal through C5 route - no nerve impingement but forminal narrowing on left side. Large disc bulge that hasn't herniated, nor has it reduced. Disc lower down has small bulge and there is also forminal narrowing.
Point is, I have to make a good case that the neck injury is causing all the other symptoms - I was in perfect health and never had problems before an assault on me last year. How can I argue this with the evidence that I have. Tendency in the UK is to dose you up with drugs or give physical therapy that in my case makes me worse and leaves me in agony with head pain that brings me to my knees. I would be so grateful for a response. Many thanks.