Thanks for all these additional information.
I understand your concern.
Well as you describe,your bulging disc can be a contributing factor in your pain,stiffness.
Other possible causes may include Myofascial trigger points,Cervical spondylosis.
At your age,physical therapy,neck stretching and strengthening exercises,gentle massage with muscle relaxant ointment and warm compresses,Motrin are main line of treatment options.
If your symptoms get worse gradually over the time then a clinical examination by either Neurologist or Orthopedist should be considered.
Corticosteroid injections can be given.
Also strong pain killers can be prescribed.
NCV with EMG can be done.
Surgical intervention is last resort in chronic cases however not the first choice in your case.
Keep a proper posture.
Take short breaks of rest while doing work.
And wear knee brave if you feel pain while walking and standing.
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