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can someone help me?

I'm 23 years old, not overweight, and in otherwise good health.
I just got home from seeing the spine specialist. He reviewed my 3 month old MRI (DEC 2014), and ordered a new one. He pointed out on the old MRI that I may have a herniation around C7. We are hoping that the new MRI will confirm this even more as my pain and symptoms have become worse since the last MRI (DEC 2014).

This is my question:

I have deep soreness in my right trap when I lower my shoulder. My muscle feels very knotty, and has a deep tenderness when I press on it. My upper back is extremely sore when I put my chin to my neck. There is a spot, the size of a dime, to the right of my spine (C6-C7) that is very painful when I barely pinch it. Also, the spot doesn't have a lot of feeling (when compared to the left side). I experience frequent headaches, and my upper back is extremely sore, but especially when I wake up in the mornings. If I try to run for longer distances, a have pain in my back when I breathe deeply. Sleeping causes me to be even more sore.

I've tried:

ibproprofen, naproxen, chiropractic, flexoral (spelling?), muscle relaxer, trigger point injections, massage therapy, etc.

I would love to hear what you guys think?

Thanks for your time.


  • I can't imagine what's going on but I think you're on the right track getting a new MRI. One thing I've learned is that everything is connected and pain can radiate. Good luck and I hope you find an answer.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    ...that pain can radiate and the site of pain may not be the source.
    When you said you had trigger point injections ...what did doctor say that treatment was for?
    Have you had other tests besides MRI?

    I would continue to explain these concerns ..the pain...the pain in breathing after your exercising run...all concerns...to doctor and maybe ask doc what his thoughts are......or if all related to your C7 herniation.
    I would double check if I had any limited physical limitations to not aggravate ...whatever is going on.

    It must be difficult especially so young with all that energy. But proper care now can save you a world of hurt later.
    Good communication with doctor so important and hope doctor will listen and answer your concerns.
    Let us know how that goes. Take care!
    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • Hi Jordan,

    Let me being by saying, I completely understand what the pain feels like. I'm 25 with 4 herniated discs, C4-C5 and L5-L6. I have done everything there is, from inflammation meds, physical therapy, 6 epidural shots, 2 trigger point injections, you name it, I've done it. I, also had extreme headaches, pain radiating to thoracic spine and unbelievable painful episodes of muscle spams. If that wasn't enough to deal with in the first place, I had pinched nerves and at times couldn't even lift a cup of coffee.

    It's been over 3 weeks since my 2 level cervical fusion surgery, and for the most part I feel good. If I can suggest something to you, it to try physical therapy. They will educate you what physical activity is beneficial for your spine, what activities to stay away from and what may cause even more pain. Knowledge is power!

    Good luck, and let us know how you're doing.
  • thanks for your time everyone.

    i'm still experiencing the pain, and my doctors don't know where to go next.

    what are the best places in america for my symptoms/ pain i've explained? i'm seriously considering taking a time out and setting up camp at a hospital until i can figure this out.

    i'm currently going to vanderbilt in nashville, tn.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    .....ever performed EMG on you? That test was very revealing to my doc and I didn't have to say anything as that test explained where source of my painful issues.
    Sorry you feel still no answers. I for one very much look forward to what your doctor has to say.
    Of course, we here can not know what is wrong or offer diagnosis and even if something sounds similar ...well I speak for myself, I would not even want to guess.
    I do agree with you that you need to continue to express your pain and concern to doctors and those who can help you until someone does help you.
    Have you been referred to pain management? That and EMG only things crossed my mind to add.
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  • I just got back from my EMG.

    ok.... a younger man did the first (shocking) portion of the test on me, and he didn't know what he was doing. He came back in several times and told me he forgot to do "things," and had to redo the test again and again. The shocking wasn't a big deal, but after I realized I was being shocked excessively because he just didn't know what he was doing, I became upset. After he was done having fun with me, the neurologist came in and did the needle portion starting in my hand and working up to my shoulder. He seemed to know what he was doing, but he never got into my neck, or my back (scapula area where I'm having the pain). I am wondering why he didn't check anything in the back, or if he needed to? I am no doctor, but for some reason, that test seemed to be administered wrong.

    I don't know where to go from here. Any thoughts?

    Thanks for your time.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,877
    the neurologist the wrong order, you need to assume they did what they needed to do

    When I have had multiple EMGs for cervical issues, they never went close to my neck. They checked for electrical impulses down my arm, which would be impacted if there are cervical disc issues.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • i am starting to look into leaving the state and going to some doctor's that deal with thoracic outlet syndrome, considering no one can find anything at this point.
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