On and off for 2 years I've had major muscle tension in my neck, shoulders, and upper back.
Most recently, I've suffered from a bout of stabbing pain at the base of my neck, and then an electric-shock-like feeling about two to three inches further down my spine.
My MRI from 9 months ago shows no evidence of disc problems or nerve impingement, so my physiatrist says it's due simply to muscle spasms. He's prescribed Skelaxin for 4 weeks to see if I improve.
My question: COULD MUSCLE SPASMS ALONE BE TO BLAME???
I've half-convinced myself I have a lurking herniated disc that simply isn't showing up. I just can't imagine how regular "stress" could cause this kind of pain.