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neck and back pain

ok, in june 2012 i got in a car accident it wasnt too bad. A few days later i went to the doctor just to see if anything was wrong because my back was sore, i got x-rays and they came back normal, my doctor put me in physical therapy and gave me muscle relaxers because she said i had a thoracic sprain. i began having this burning feeling/pain around c6 and c7 vertebrae. the muscle relaxers never did anything for the pain really. During physical therapy he did treatments such as electrode therapy about 3 times and dry needling (kind of like acupuncture) once. He never really said that anything was wrong with my neck and back, i dont think he really believed that i was in as much pain as i said i was. after the dry needling he said it didnt really help so he sent me to massage therapy, and that was the end of my 3 month PT. I went back to my doctor telling her that the feeling/pain was still bothering me so she had me get a CT scan and that came back normal too. so i got my first massage and she said that i have hypertensive muscles, that are just really realllly tight and the massages will help, she also said that its really inflamed by those areas in my spine and in my neck and in my neck kind of by the base of my skull. after two massages the pain still hasnt gone away. its like every time i sit down and do a project or on the computer or even at work standing up for a while, there is a tingling feeling, followed by this burning pain that doesnt seem to be relieved until i lay down. Whenever i workout now i notice that when i put pressure on my arms there is a pain in my bicep, that feels like a needle is going into it. My massage therapist said that could be from the pain and hypertension in my neck/back. Its been almost 6 months since this pain started and i haven't really been told what could be wrong, im wondering if its a pinched nerve/nerve damage or just what my massage therapist believes it is?


  • A lot of your symptoms sound similar to mine before my operation. Have you had an MRI of your cervical spine?
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • Your symtoms also sound a lot like mine before surgery also. I was not involved in a car accident but the most severve area that was affected was my c6 and c7. Mine was caused mostly by ware and tare and a little bit of genetic's. I agree with what Donnabe posted, have you had a MRI of your cervical spine. I was shocked when I saw mine. Just a suggestion.

    Hope you feel better soon.
    ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
    PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
    C6-C7 Spineous process Surgically Shaved Off 3/11/14.
  • Have to echo the previous comments, everything is just conjecture until you get a MRI done. Try to limit your exertions until then, support the sore area with some memory foam pillows and stay in constant correspondance with your doctor as you need to be so careful with this part of your body.
  • Didn't see that you said you were lifting but you said working out and when you put pressure on your arms.... assumed you were lifting weights. If you have a pinched nerve lifting weights, especially if you bring them above your shoulders could do more damage. That pain in your bicep sounds like a pinched nerve.
    Agree with everyone else, time for MRI and spine specialist....
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
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