C6-C7 herniated disc
Hi, This is my first time here. I went to the ER yesterday because my back pain got so bad, I passed out twice in two days. I had fallen down stairs back in October and went through several months of pain, but eventually got better. I always felt it and if I touched the area on my back, it would produce some pain but I was basically fine. Then about two and a half weeks ago, it started to hurt again and kept getting worse and worse. I couldn't figure out what I had done to make the pain come back and I got scared that I was going to make one wrong move and paralyze myself so I sucked it up and went to the ER. (I never saw a doctor after the initial fall because I don't have health insurance.)
Anyway, they did a CT scan and told me I had a C6-C7 disc bulge/hernia and referred me to neuro. I keep reading all this information about how cervical hernias are supposed to cause numbness and tingling and/or pain in the arm, but I have zero pain, numbness, tingling in my arms and no numbness or tingling anywhere. It's only my back that hurts and it's only in the one area. I don't go to neuro until next week, but does anyone know what kind of physical therapy options are available for this? Will working out make it worse? (Either biking or going on an eliptical at the gym?) I have never had a back injury and the idea that I might be limited in what I can do does not sit well with me. I can handle it for some amount of time, but I don't think I can manage any kind of limits long-term. Any help/feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!
(Btw, I'm a female, late 20s)