I have MRI confirmed herniated disc at t9-t10 that happened when I was 17...no Dr listened to me and just blew me off. One even joked that I was an 80yr old in a 17yr old body. So naturally, I am distrustful of doctors and cover my own tail as an adult. The herniation wasn't confirmed until 10 years later when I got hit hard on the hip and bulged a disc at L4-L5 and my leg went numb.
Now in my mid-30's and my neck is mad. I know what I am feeling. Radiculopathy through my entire left arm. Dr requested needle emg test and MRI. Needle EMG flagged ulnar nerve in my wrist only. MRI shows nothing. My neck feels loose at t1-c7. If I do pushups, I get a sudden horrible headache. If I sleep more than 6 hrs, my neck cramps and I get a migraine. Belly flop into the pool to be entertain my kids from the side...not diving board...leaves me incapacitated for a few days. I have been in a few car accidents, so who knows what caused it.
Is it possible for an MRI to miss something like that? I am so tired of going back to the Dr.... I don't want to have stenosis or torn/herniated disc, it just feels like it. The pain is usually radiating downstream of c7, so I really think that is the culprit.
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