I am new to the forum so please bear with me, advice would be greatly appreciated.
First I better explain my problem. I have been having neck problems for 18 months which have progressively got worse. I have had an MRI scan 13 months ago which shows wear and tear in c6 and c7. I do not feel the MRI is showing how bad the situation is and have had physical therapy and am now in pain management having physio again not helping. I do not feel the doctors are listening to me even though I have always been healthy and hardly ever visited doctor. I am struggling to work part time in an office as looking down for long periods is causing upper back tightness, pain in shoulder, tingling in neck and down shoulders and tingling pains in chest. Looking down is worse when I am standing up and it feels as though my shoulders do not hang properly, it is painful, as if my neck can't take the weight of my shoulders. It also feels like something is stuck in neck when looking down almost like everything is touching too close. I am struggling to do simple tasks because of looking down. I have also got muscle twitches in whole body which docs have said anxiety but I totally disagree. I am also getting low back pain and tightness which I feel is related to my neck.
I know after this long list it seems like I am a hypocondriac, but trust me I am a rational person who has never been preoccupied by illness. I am becoming increasingly more depressed as I feel my life has changed dramatically as I struggle to work mornings and then am at home resting my neck whereas before, after work I would go everywhere to shop, etc, but now shopping has become painful. I can't carry items as I feel pain across my neck and shoulders and can't even do the food shopping on my own anymore. I have two kids aged 17 and 13 and do not want them to see me miserable as I was always a happy, fun person.
Is this just wear and tear if it is ruining my life? Should I demand to see a specialist and how bad do you have to be to have surgery? I would be greatful for advice from you knowledgeable people.