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Cervical Nerve Issues Caused By Muscle Spasms

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
In October 2008 I began having neck/shoulder pain caused by multiple muscle spasms in my right shoulder. I went to a nuerologist, had 2 MRIs, and was sent to a Pain Management Specialist with the diagnosis of possible C2/C3 premature arthitus and no disc issues. Since than I have had a cervical facet block C2/C3, multiple trigger point injections, massage therapy, and perscriptions for Flexerall and a Flector Patch. Nothing has worked and the pain is getting worse. I often feel "electrical shocks" up my neck on my right side when I turn to the right and still have constant muscle spasms in my right shoulder that cause discomfort in the shoulder and bottom of my neck.

Any suggestions on possible treatments in either getting rid of the muscle spasms that are causing the issues. I cant seem to find any research on constant muscle spasms.

Thanks in advance.


  • Flexeril does not work for me and I feel so spacy when I take it. There are several other muscle relaxers that work well. Also, moist heat works well for the muscle spasms. I wonder what is causing your muscle spasms.
  • Some neurologists, neuromuscular specialists and pain management specialist will treat similar conditions with botox.

    Unfortunately for many of us with cervical issues, muscle spasticity is a fact of life.

    Depending upon the severity of it, some are even treated via intra-thecal baclofen pump.

    There are always options, so don't give up until you find some help.

  • Spasms are a pain in the neck...pun intended. Unfortunately finding the source can be as big of a puzzle as easing the spasms themselves. There are many things that can cause that kind of spasming and pain and I wouldn't stop looking until you get a definate diagnosis.

    After my first ACDF I had constant spasms that were far more painful than the surgery itself. Twice weekly massage therapy together with diazapam and warm, moist heat brought them under "control" for a day or two. I finally was diagnosed with Thoracic outlet Syndrome and knew the real cause of the terrible pain in my shoulder, upper back and neck.

    Keep at your docs until they find the problem. It could be anything from the cervical issues to a shoulder injury that you were unaware of. Letting spasms like that go on will ultimately cause more problems that you started with.

    Good luck to you and keep us informed of what you learn.

  • I agree with the above at being persistant with the doctors - Muscle spasms are nothing to take lightly. One of my doctors explain that spasms are the contractions that have a beginning and ending (sometimes days later) - but rigid muscles is the extreme case when the contraction of the muscle doesn't end. I find myself in that group.

    I am amazed at the power that these muscle spasms/rigidity have on the body.

    As in my situation, I diddo Nicole - what is causing the muscle spasms. For me I do have a hernation and bone spurs....be compliant with docs and patient...it can be a mystery...your body will let you know if you need to continue the search for answers.
  • Thank you for your input. The only diagnosis I have received as of this time is premature arthritis in the C2/C3 area. Whether this is causing the muscle spasms or not has not been determined. I have another appointment next week and will update the post. The pain management doctor stated he also wanted to conduct a nerve study and possibly do another cervical facet block.

    Thanks again for everyone's input and insight.
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