I am a 24 year old male and generally pretty active.
Almost two weeks ago I noticed some pressure and tension in the base of my neck and told my friend to rub it for me, and he said "dude, thats your spine." I didnt think anything of it and went on in my day. The next day I woke up with limited movement and in pain in my neck.
I went to the chiropractor for about a week and it didnt do much. I was on Flexeril as well. Everyone kept saying spasms. I found a different chiropractor and he provided some relief and after two visits to him I feel much better. I still have tension & pressure in the base of my neck but its better than before.
In the mean time I had a Cervical MRI done and got the results. Its a C5-C6 .4 centimeter midline protrusion which is compressing the spine but shows no encroachment on the nerves.
I'm lost right now and want to figure out what is best to do. One chiropractor says just do some physical thearpy and in a few weeks I should be ok and just keep an eye on it. Another says we'll just keep doing what we were doing (adjustments & massage) and keep an eye on it for the future. They seem to think that it just something to watch but its nothing to worry about right now.
I think it may be the cause of all this and I dont want to keep just masking the pain. I mean what are the odds that the pain started at C5-C6 anyway and thats were the bulge is? What should I do? Is my bulge really that bad? Please help, I'm looking for some hope here.
I havent really had any shooting pain other than on the inside of my right elbow and its mostly on a tendion so the doctors think it is unrelated. No tingling or numbness otherwise.