Neck pain and pins and needles down right arm?
Hey guys... I'm new here, and have a few questions.
I was involved in a car accident about 3 weeks ago while I was at work. First off, I wish to god it didn't happen on the job because I no realize that Workers Compensation is the black plague.. at least in my opinion. I have to wait DAYS to get responses/appointments where it would have only taken me a day if I was using my own health insurance.
I was sitting at a red light, and was struck from behind by another vehicle. The vehicle was traveling between 20-30 mph. Needless to say -- I said a few four letter words right away because it scared the crap out of me.
About four hours later I started to notice significant pain in my neck, lower part of my head... and a headache.. from HELL!
Here I am, 3 weeks later and still experiencing persistent pain... not excruciating -- but persistent in my neck and shoulder blade area. Periodically I also feel pins and needles down my right arm and get a really bad headaches right at the base of my skull . I truly expected this to only last a few days and boom.. be fine. This is just ridiculous.
After I noticed the pins and needles I went back to the original doctor and they ordered an MRI. The MRI came back, and he referred me to a spine/ortho doctor. Needless to say.. I have no idea what any of this means so I'm hoping some of you can shed some light. The doctor I was seeing prior to the referral is from an urgent care/walk in clinic... and didnt seem very informative or outgoing
The MRI report shows:
C2-C3, C3-C4, C4-C5, C5-C6 no disc herniation. there is no spinal or foraminal stenosis. --- I gather... that's GOOD.
The report also indicates:
C6-C7 Small left paramedian disc protrusion indenting the ventral subarachnoid space. No mass effect on the spinal cord or foraminal encroachment.
T2-T3 Small right paracentral disc protrusion flattening the right ventral spinal cord. It is only included on the sagittal images. No foraminal encroachment..
C6-C7 Small left paramedian disc protrusion measuring 2mm in AP diameter there.
T2-T3 Small right paracentral disc protrusion in flattening the right ventral spinal cord.
That's the part that confuses me... as I am not a doctor. I really just want this nagging ache/pain to go away along with the headaches, and periodic pins and needles. There have been a few nights that it has kept me awake.....Its driving me up the wall.
I don't see the spine/ortho doc until next week.