I'm going through a really tough time in my life. My doctor diagnosed me with a pinched nerve in my back, she says it sounds like it's a bulging disc. I asked for an MRI but she said I don't need it, the treatment is the same regardless, and that it is too much radiation. She advised me to go for physiotherapy. My pain is probably not as severe as other people. I get some tingling down my left glute/leg/foot or some mild numbness in my foot when I sit down, which goes away when I stand up. I can touch my toes just fine (although I wouldn't try doing it too much at this point).
At one point it was bad, I guess because I am the type of person who gets anxiety attacks. I panicked and my muscles got all tense, which made the tingling a lot worse. It has gone down from that. Maybe in a scale of 1-10 my pain is about 2 to sometimes nothing. Although I still get very scared. When I'm at the doctor's office or at my PT I get so calm because they tell me not to worry, and that judging from my condition I should heal pretty soon. My PT suggested doing press up stretches (the cobra stretch) which help a lot, planks, walking, and today she suggested a little bit of jumping jacks if I can.
Without the MRI or some other test I feel like I'm in this constant stress, always attributing every single thing I feel into something neurological. I fear that this could be systemic and that I could have MS or something, although my doctor doesn't seem to think so. Google is really a bad idea because it makes me worry more. Today I woke up with my eyes blurrier than usual, especially my left eye. My eyelid feels heavier too but I don't see any drooping. I keep thinking that my eye situation is connected to my leg issue and I am so so so so so scared. I just had an anxiety attack just now and I feel like I'm going to die. My anxiety is making my hands tingly and it's causing me more anxiety since all of this seems neurological.
Please help me. I don't know how to cope from this and my parents seem irritated overtime I bring it up because I talk about it over and over. I also don't feel like worrying them. Worrying other people makes me more worried about myself so I try my best to keep it to myself but that's not helping either. I want to cry