I've been experiencing very SHARP elbow pain for three weeks now. When I bend at the elbow the pain is severe to the point where I'm afraid to move my arm. Just recently, tingling in my pinky started picking up. This has been preceeded by posterior shoulder pain for about a year. I don't have any neck pain.
I've been to a neurosurgeon and had a cervical spine MRI. The initial MRI spoke to mild issues between C5-C6 and C6-C7. I also had an EMG at the same time and for the most part it was normal outside of some slight abnormaility in the ulnar nerve. I just recently went to a neurologist and he had me have an MRI of my brachial plexus. These results were normal, but what's interesting is that the MRI picked up the following on the c-spine:
* Moderate disc degeneration at C5-C6 and C6-C7 and there is posterior osteophytes and mild bulging of discs which slightly narrow the ventral thecal sac. There is no mass effect on the cervical cord at the C5-C6 or C6-C7 levels.
Is it possible that this is causing my pain?
I find it interesting that this report has my issue as "moderate" while the previous one had everything as mild.
My neurosurgeon basically kicked me out of his office previously. I'm wondering if based on these results and my ongoing pain if I should a) Seek another opinion, and b) seek out a steroid injection in the area to test and see if the pain goes away.
I'm going around in circles with neurosurgeons, neurologists, and orthos trying to figure this out. Madenning.
Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.