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Weird Inflammed Trapezius Muscle Issue

SproutSSprout Posts: 29
edited 06/21/2015 - 9:03 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Was curious if anyone ever had a similar issue to this. Every month to two months, my left trap muscle will blow up. Sometimes it gets so swollen tha you can see my shirt lifted on that side. When it gets like this, I can't turn my head, I get a bad ear ache in my left ear and a terrible migraine headache. I had an ultrasound on it and all they could conclude with was that I lived with just terrible spasms. My orthopedic doctor decided we would do an MRI of my C-Spine to see if I had a compromised disc in my neck this muscle was trying to protect, but the MRI came back clean. This has been an issue for about 8 years at least.

Here is a picture of my last flare up and this is a relaxed shot


I currently have:

Discogenic disease, spondylosis, diffuse posterior disc bulges and facet joint arthropathy at both L4/L5 & L5/S1.
Moderate degree of end plate osteitis @ L4/L5 secondary to chronic discovertebral trauma. L5/S1 has a central radial annular tear and Levoscoliosis

I am almost wondering if it is somehow connected to my lower back issues or curvature of my spine which I will find out after surgery this summer to fix my back, but just curious if anyone else had a similar issue?

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