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Intercostal neuralgia

This topic is a question for all with cervical issues. Once or twice a week I have this strange shock feeling coming from my right rib cage. I googled it and found a blog with the same question as mine, a DR. Commented to get a MRI and X-ray of your neck. I've already had both and surgery has been recommended. But for insurance reasons and work I have to get a 2nd opinion.
I've never told my surgeon of this symptom because I didn't know it was a symptom of cervical decompression. Anyone out there have this issue? If so, what stops it? Any info is appreciated, thanks :)
2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
Steroid injections series x 4.


  • BlessedMom74BBlessedMom74 Posts: 322
    edited 02/15/2015 - 6:03 PM
    I have 2 herniated discs at C4/5 & C5/6 and I also get the worst intercostal pain. My physical therapist basically says it's caused by all the muscle spasms that occur from the neck and cascade to the rest of the torso. I get bad spasms on my scalene muscles and trapezius too. The only thing that soothes mine is a microwaveable damp heat type heating pad. I actually broke down and purchased a jacuzzi to help with all the spasming. It's heaven but pricy, but heat helps the most.
    Hope this helps.
  • Starts in the neck? I've had these spasms over a year but didn't know it was another symptom of neck problems.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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