Neck Pain with new strange symptoms
I have been having issues with my neck for about 5 years. I suffer from bouts of pain and stiffness that normally last several days or a week and improve with steroid and valium. I know that I have a bulging disc at c-6. I also have bulging discs in my lower back. I see a chiropractor regularly. I also have lupus and migraines so I deal with chronic health problems often.
Three days ago, I was at the gym. I did a workout with no pain, then felt a shock of pain shoot through my mid-back to neck. By that evening it was much worse. I took a muscle relaxer and went to bed hoping to wake up better in the morning. In the morning, it was worse. I stayed down all day using heat, muscle relaxers and tramadol. In the evening, I had and episode of major vertigo, nausea, and lightheadedness. I went to bed, woke up and the neck pain was worse. Gradually, over the morning I experienced more and more nausea, vertigo, etc. I ended up at the ER where I stayed for 12 hours. I had a CT, MRI, and X-ray and enough painkillers to put a horse down. They would not look at my spine on the MRI because they said that it was not emergent to find out if my discs were worse. They did it to rule out any clogged arteries. I was also having numbness in my arms and hands and pain running down my arms. I had no weakness in my hands. I was slurring my words and was confused at times. I was also staggering when I tried to walk.
I was given steroids, painkillers, muscle relaxers, and anti-nausea drugs. This morning, I did not have the dizziness anymore. The pain is somewhat improved, my range of motion is somewhat improved. I haven't done much today. I have been referred to a neurosurgeon, but because of my insurance I have to wait until I get into my PCP before I can get an appt. So, I won't see a neurosurgeon for a long time. I am concerned about all of this and anxious to understand what these new symptoms mean. Any ideas or help is appreciated.