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chronic neck pain for 5 years (cracking)

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
had an MRI done a few years back, status has not changed.

Im not going to type the whole MRI report here. But in a nutshell:

At C5-6, there is osteophytic ridge with a small amount of disk material.

At C6-7, there is osteophytic ridging with associated disk material. More prominant in the right aspect of the canal. Degeneratie changes of the right uncovertebral joint are noted.

This issue started in the gym. Behind the neck military presses. I have tried physically therapy and acupuncture. Either has not given me long term relief. I have been on pain meds on and off. I try not use them unless the pain is unbearable. I can sleep OK at night. However sitting behind a desk all day, driving in a car and looking downwards for long periods of time can be grueling.

I have not tried massage therapy yet on a weekly/daily basis. Massage does provide relief but have not tried it consistently enough.

I am looking to schedule an appt for a pain management specialist.

Feed back is appreciated.


  • Any nerve symptoms such as pain in a shoulder, arm or hand, fingers? Numbness? My recommendation is that you have a new MRI done and see if a referral to a spine specialist is needed.

    Best to you,

  • Marianne, I have no other symptoms associated with this pain. Its a combination of a sharp pain when i move to certain angles and mostly this dull constant ache in the neck. Applying pressure direct to the back of the neck right on the bone allieviates it temporaraly. But no pain or numbness anywhere else.

    arachnoiditiscanada, ill do anything to get some relief. can you please send me a link to this jewlery you are reffering to?

  • traction does not work...pressure direct on the area does temporarlily relieve the pain.
  • I have similar pain, and also did weight lifting in my early years.
    Many years of office and computer work, plus paving painting and other house jobs has left me in constant neck pain. it spreads to the head, and also occurs in shoulders, arms and back.
    Although I have the usual arthritis and wear and tear (I'm 64) it seems that my problem area is the back muscles.
    Knots and large muscle lumps abound.
    These tighten and pull down on the neck muscles, making them tight and sore. And so on.
    The remedy for me is to severely curtail aggravating activities like computer work, painting, sweeping, digging etc etc., plus regular remedial massage.
    I have been having this type of massage for 5 months and my pain is now under control.
    However, it will be a lifelong need as my condition can't be cured, just managed.
    So I'sd suggest remedial or deep tissue massage for several treatments, and see if you get pain relief.
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