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I was in a accident 6 weeks ago. MRI results last week showed 1 bulging and 1 herniated disc in the neck, 1 herniated disc in middle back, and yet one more in the lower back. There is nerve impingement as well. I'm overwhelmed with both the pain and information. I am at a complete loss as to what I do next. I'm terrified of what this means for the rest of my life. I have always held a very active lifestyle and jobs.
Since the accident I have been seeing a chiropractor (no manual adjustments yet), and a wonderful massage therapist (the only thing that gives me a short bit of relief from the pain). Nsaids and tylenol have not worked. I have not taken anything stronger yet due to being oversensitive to things like muscle relaxers and pain medication. I may change my mind and give them a go soon, as my pain is now causing nausea at times.
Here are a few specific questions:
*what kind of dr do I see next?
*can I start pt soon?
*am I looking at pain for the rest of my life?
*is it possible, in time to get back to regular activities (climbing, biking, etc)?
*how long does it take for the severe pain to reduce so I can do things like take out the trash or sit on my couch?
*I'm told its ok to do things, despite the pain. But the pain is unbearable at times. Comments on when you should rest and when you grin and bear it.
I'm really scared about this...and my future.
Thanks for any information or encouragement you can offer.