Hello everyone. Some of you probably already seen my post regarding my neck stiffness. I've been seeing a chiropractor after seeing multiple doctors who couldn't give me any straight answers. The neck stiffness has improved the past two months of chiropractic treaments. The thing is.. he told me I had a little arthritis in my neck. I'm not a doctor.. but I don't see any osteoarthritis at all. The neck stiffness has improve.. but I sometimes wake up and my trap feels like it's on fire. It goes away as the day progresses. I experience tingling in my shoulders and arms. I'm still getting some cramping in my leg. It feels stiff sometimes. Sometimes it'll be both legs. The dizziness has subsided a little. I feel more balanced. 3 Months ago I felt like I was going to fall over all of the time. I went to my primary doctor and informed him of the "arthritis". He looked at the images that were taken in May and said, "the report is normal.. you're fine. If they saw any it would be on the report." I'm concerned because when I do light weights.. my neck tightens and I can feel tightness in my thoracic spine. The next morning after my workout I can feel tightness in my top t spine and lower cervical area. My neck also feels a little stiffer in the morning. I went to my orthopedic doctor. He said, "When we took xrays a few months ago..I didn't see any... and I doubt you have a problem with a facet joint..you're 27..you're too long for that. Your muscles are just stiff still. You're probably not getting the proper blood flow.. that's why you r muscles tighten up. ..just continue to ice and you'll be fine. If you continue to have the problem a couple of months from now."
I went to a rheumatologist today to see if I had any inflammatory problems. She was incredibly helpful. I informed her of the supposed "arthritis" and she said, "We all eventually get some arthritis to some degree..but if it was significant.. they would've caught it on the xrays and MRI." She's testing me for all kinds of different things. Lyme, RA, Lupus, Vitamin deficiencies.
I guess what I'm trying to ask..if the arthritis is supposedly "minimal" like the chiro said, do you think it could cause as many issues as I've been experiencing? Balance, stiffness, tingling in arms/fingers/shoulders, leg cramping, twitching, and occasional headaches. You would think I would have something serious going on with my cervical spine...but all xrays and MRI's were normal. I guess it's one of those things where I'm afraid of doing any further damage. Any advice is appreciated.