I had surgery in 2007 on C6 and C7. The neurosurgeon told me that I would probably have problems with C5 in 2 years. He was right. I started having pain again in 2009 then it stopped. It was off and on since then. My doctor doesn't want to do an MRI because, he said, I had too many MRI's and he don't think I need to get another one because it's harmful. He prescribed tramadol and flexeril. It calms the pain but it comes back. He also wanted me to take Gabapentin but I don't want to take it because of side effects. My brother took gabapentin and gained 25 pounds. I have hypothyroidism and I'm already battling my weight and don't want to gain any more. There's a big lump in the back of my neck. My doctor said, it's the bone and it's normal. Does anyone have this problem?