Hello and welcome Laurie,
Your confusion about the day and route warrant an examination by a physician. This can be just the anxiety, but need an evaluation as there is a condition called as transient ischemic attack which should be ruled out. This is unlikely to be related to the disc bulge in neck. For your cervical disc disease and arm/shoulder pain you can do following;
) Neck care in the activities of daily living. a) No working on computer for more than half an hour in a single stretch. Same for TV. b) Monitors and televisions exactly in front (180 degrees). c) Contour pillow: Should fill the hollow when lying on back or straight. Available over the counter. 2) Cervical Collar or Brace3) Cervical traction 4) Anti-inflammatory analgesics like Ibuprofen5) Some physicians do give oral steroids in severe radiculopathy cases, in which pain / numbness / tingling is quite significant.6) Physical therapy: gradually increasing exercises from passive stretching to active against resistance regime. 7) Electrotherapy in the form of TENS, interferential and laser and ultrasound. 8) Hot fomentation9) Local analgesic patch / ointment / spray
10) Epidural steroid given by pain management physician.
Please feel free for your follow up questions.Dr. Arun
You are very welcome, Laurie.
Diarrhea can cause electrolyte imbalance and dehydration, but usually these symptoms due to electrolyte imbalance only occurs when it is severe. So may not be likely related in your case as you do not have other severe symptoms of electrolyte abnormalities.
Since you have tried all conservative measures for neck pain and associated pinched nerve (cervical radiculopathy); the only option is surgery now.
It is privilege assisting you.