Wondering if people can pass on their experience in relation to what I'm currently going through. I'm 39 years old, and for the past 4 weeks have been in quite a lot of pain (nerve) starting from the neck across the shoulder and down the arm. It can vary from aching to sharper pain in certain spots. For a few weeks I have been seeing a chiropractor who has been using wet heat packs on my neck area, and occasional long (and very painful) massage of neck / back / shoulder area, and for my arm (especially tricep area) microwave and electro therapy machines. An MRI revealed disc bulge / herniation around C6 & C7 which of course is pressing on the nerve. I didn't have one incident in injuring this, more likely bad posture and working in an office for many years. Whilst the long massages were painful, they did help relieve symptoms for a day or so. I've also had some acupuncture at the same place. Of course all of this has caused me to bleed lots of money over 3-4 weeks. The inflammation (eg the crippling pain when it first started) has eased, but still plenty of ongoing pain just not as severe. I've been eating lots of painkillers (ibuprofen, paracetamol + codeine) everyday. So now I may be referred to a surgeon by the chiro. This is something I really want to avoid as I have heard back or neck surgery can really cause some issues down the track. So now I am considering finding an osteopath to see if some different physical therapy may help. Has anyone seen much difference between Chiro and Osteo? And in your experience do these things heal within a certain time? I have heard 4-6 weeks for some but who knows? The constant pain is killing me. Hoping it won't affect my job.