For the past year and a half I have developed pain symptoms that my neurologist attributes to Minimal to moderate OA , two to three mm herniated disc , and some stenosis. (What I have listed below). Anyhow I am thinking perhaps the root of my pain is more my OA and muscle tension than anything, but am not sure.
I only get pain along the left side of my neck, along my left shoulder, down by my left shoulder blade, behind my left ear. Sometimes it creeps up from behind my ear to above my eye or the top of my head. I've had occipitual block, and C3 blocks as I'm sure that is the nerve being affected as well, but nothing has helped it this time. It has seemed to get worse.
The pain I'd describe it as an ache, burn, nerve feeling that can be really bad if the left side of my neck gets too tight which I have a problem with for a year now, but that hadn't affected me this way till end of may this year. Sometimes I can push on the muscle on the back of my shoulder which will hit the nerve and send pain up the c3 ...
Is this normal for OA?: Normal to get stiff, muscle tension with OA? Or should I suggest my doctor get me a MRI for my neck to see if anything has changed?
I see a PM doc for the first time mon and my neurologist tues.
Any thoughts or things that help without meds would be nice.