Hi there! This is my first time here in this forum and need someone to talk to.. So my post maybe long..but please help!
I work at Mercedes production on an assembly line.. I know I probably hurt my neck from working there but it didn't happen at work... So it's not worker's comp
So I was sleeping and felt like I was half awake and I turned my neck and felt a thick pop...I feel back asleep. I woke up an hour later and I panicked because I couldn't move my neck.. It hurt just my neck sitting still.. My husband rushed me to the hospital and after being there for 4 hours in agony and extreme pain I finally got medicine to help my pain.. They did an X-ray and said I had cervical traphezius spams? So I was discharged with steriods and norco..So two days later I followed up with my physician.. He sent me out for an MRI.. 2 days later I got a call from his nurse stating that my doctor is sending me to a neurosurgeon because I had a bulging disc that's pinching a nerve..
When I went to the neurologist he did some physical motion tests and then showed me and my husband my MRI.. Instead of 1 bulging disc.. There was 2 bulging discs and 1 completely torn disc that's laying on a nerve and leaking fluid which is causing more pain..
He suggested first : neck brace.. steriods.. nerve pain medicine..ibuprofen..
I got back in 10 days to see him.. If my symptoms haven't eased up he's gonna send me to get a cortisone shot (is that a nerve block or will that even help my case?)
After the shot he's gonna have me wait 3-5 weeks.. If my symptoms haven't eased up then he said surgery will be the last resort..
The thing is I can't do all this waiting cause my job is on the line and I'm on FMLA.. and that only covers 12 weeks!
So don't know my options! Surgery sounds really scary considering where that cut you at.. Maybe could I suggest a nerve block? Will going to a chiropractor help my diagnosis?
Thanks for reading!