I'm a 29-year-old with a family history of DDD. I've been diagnosed with (ahem) severe muscle spasms. Nov 2010 MRI and X-rays were "normal" -- per radiologist, GP, and physiatrist.
My symptoms include crushing muscle tension in neck and shoulders, stabbing pain at base of neck, and an electric-shock-like feeling 2 inches below the base of my neck--on my spine and what seems to then radiate into my left shoulder and through my arm.
Also disturbing: I hear the sound of cinder blocks rubbing together when I twist my shoulders or "throw punches."
Anyone else have this experience?
Some encouraging news: I've been on Skelaxin for 3 days and today's been 50% better in terms of the electric-shock-like feeling in my thoracic spine. The crushing tension? Still there. As is the cinder-block sound. Hoping to connect with someone else with a similar experience--if nothing else but to feel less crazy. ;-)