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Neck Pain, Increased Muscle Weakness-arms, Fatigue!

I have been having severe neck pain with arm weakness. I went to the doctor and, at first, he said it was tendinitis. A week later, after the steroid dose pack, I experienced worsening problems, so I went back to the doctor. He then said hes thinking it is is neuro related, so sends me to have an MRI. MRI showed no degeneration or bulging disc, however, it did show reversal of the curve of my spine with muscle spasms. My question is this: I don't understand how a muscle spasms in my neck can cause my muscles to progressively get weaker in my arms-and after taking pain meds, muscle relaxers, and anti-inflammatory meds-nothing relieved it. MRI also showed enlarged thyroid. I went and had a massage today with no relief. Its still hard to hold my head up due to the weakness/pain, and I can't do much of anything with my arms. Please help.


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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • did the MRI show any bone spurs?
    Cervical 360 ACDF C6/7-C7T1 Posterior fusion with hardware C3-T1 11/11/13
  • Rpay10, it did not . It only showed reversal of the curviture of the spine and an enlarged thyroid. No blood was drawn.
  • Hi there, I know this has been over a year ago. But have you improved. I am having the exact symptoms that you have including the MRI result. I am desperate to know how and if I will get better. Thank you mucho in advance.
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