There are a number of options to keep a disc lesion under control:
Physical exercise: Physical exercise is undoubtedly the most important. You will have to do some regular exercises for your neck; this is usually a very successful method. They should be done under medical supervision.
Heat compresses: Heat compresses either superficially with a warm heat pack, or deep heat with ultrasound therapy, should be tried.
Medications: The first line of pain control drugs is the NSAIDS. In severe pain however, not controlled by NSAIDS, narcotic analgesics like Vicodin should be used. You should talk with your doctors regarding use of narcotic analgesics. Drugs like phenytoin, carbamazepine, or tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline are often used in combination with such drugs for more deeper pain control.
Steroids: steroid injections may be given at the site of the pinched nerve.
Neck support: A cervical collar worn regularly by itself often helps to relieve the nerves. A soft cervical collar can be worn during the day. Firmer collars like the Philadelphia collar may be prescribed by your doctor.
Cervical traction: this is another option that you should discuss with your neurosurgeon.
General measures like a firm pillow support during sleep, relaxing your neck from time to time during driving or working on computers, etc. should be tried. Other measures may include vocational counseling, occupational therapy, etc.
Surgery: Surgery of the spine is the last option.
In my opinion, for you, physical exercises, cervical collar, medications and occasionally steroid injections if the pain is too severe will be sufficient to give you a healthy life. You should consult your doctor for these options.
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