Re: Possible herniated disc, c-7
Welcome to the board. I'm glad you found us, but very sorry to hear about your pain. You really won't be able to make much progress until you get the results of the MRI and meet with the spine surgeon for an evaluation and plan of treatment. What a horrid time of year to come down with a problem. Have you had some symptoms in the past, or did this come out of the blue?
If you are in pain, you might want to try icing the area of C6-7 & 8. Ice, or a cold gel pack, can help if there is any inflammation (inside by the disc) and can be a very effective pain reliever. You can ice 15-20 minutes per hour round the clock as needed...just be careful to protect the skin so you don't get burned. Just lay a bag of frozen corn or peas wrapped in a thin dish towel across the center of your spine at the level of your shoulder blades if you don't have a gel pack. If tolerated, you can take a NSAID for pain and swelling.
You should avoid lifting or carrying anything "too heavy" until you find out what is wrong.