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MVA, neck pain, headaches, numbness/tingling

edited 03/04/2015 - 12:42 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I was in a really bad car accident in June 2014. I sustained a minor closed head injury and neck injury. I've had excruciating headaches, severe neck pain, and numbness and tingling. The numbness and tingling began in my right arm down to my ring finger and small pinky finger. The numbness/tingling continued and into my left arm down into same fingers on the left side. I also now have numbness/tingling down my legs and into my feet. I've had a neck X-ray which was normal and MRI which was mostly normal as well. I've never experienced these symptoms in my life until after this accident, and they have continued. My doctor now wants to check thyroid, vitamin D and B12 levels. Anyone else experience anything like this or have any advice?

Vertebral alignment is normal.
Vertebral body height is preserved.
No spinal cord signal abnormality is evident.
The bone marrow signal of the spine is diffusely T1 hypointense but
without focal lesion.
The visualized portions of the brain are unremarkable.
The paraspinal soft tissues are unremarkable.
C2-3: No significant spinal canal stenosis or neural foraminal
C3-4: No significant spinal canal stenosis or neural foraminal
C4-5: No significant spinal canal stenosis or neural foraminal
C5-6: Minimal disc osteophyte complex resulting in no significant
spinal canal stenosis or neural foraminal narrowing..
C6-7: No significant spinal canal stenosis or neural foraminal
C7-T1: No significant spinal canal stenosis or neural foraminal


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  • Your symptoms really seem neck related and even tho your MRI was "normal" you may have some nerve irritation? I have severe headaches and shoulder pain, neck pain and I also get numbness in my pinky and ring finger and my MRI showed no nerve impingement, I do however have two herniated discs. I would recommend you see another doctor and get a second opinion. I have Hashimotos Thyroiditis for 20 years now and I've never had symptoms like that. I don't think its your thyroid. When my thyroid levels get low I can get muscle aches but not the symptoms you are describing. Definitely get a second opinion or go see a neurologist.
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