Hi, I'm 26 and was just dignosed with muliple problems. I have a bulging disc at L5/S1 causing tingling in my buttocks and hips. I have a bulging disc at C5/C6 which is probably causing nerve impingement on the C6 Nerve root (per the MRI report) and I have 4 desiccating discs C2/C3 thru C5/C6. I started physical therapy 2 weeks ago on my lower back and I'm starting therapy on my neck tomorrow as well as the lower back. It seems like I feel worse each day and I've been getting headaches kind of consistently now. My question is: What should I focus on first and do you think Physical Therapy is the best course of action since I have multiple problems? I have not seen a Neurologist yet and my appointment isn't for 7 days. Should I just wait until I see the Dr. before continuing therapy? I don't want to make anything worse.
Physical therapy is a good start. Neurologists really don't have much of a practical experience in the long term treatment of spines but they like to do EMG nerve tests!
Consult with a spine surgeon who also does non-surgical treatments like epidurals. A physiatrist with spine specialization can be of help as well.
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