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Should I Get A Second Opinion?

HappyTeaHHappyTea Posts: 1
edited 11/13/2015 - 9:13 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone.

4 months ago I started having constant aching in my shoulders and dull to mild pain in my upper spine. Since then the pain has only gotten worse and spread even further down my spinal column. I've just gained a whole host of new symptoms but the worst is that I can't stretch, bend forwards or backwards or lay on my stomach without nearly passing out and causing severe pain, the pain gets worse when I drink alcohol, all of my joints ache intermittently, everything in my body keeps cracking, the muscles in my upper back twitch randomly sometimes my whole body will even jerk and sometimes my legs go numb/tingle or just feel weak.

I've taken anti inflammatories, steroids, muscle relaxants and the latest I've used is neurontin but nothing helps.
I have good posture, I've changed my sleeping position, I eat and drink healthily, I'm at an ideal weight for my height, don't do drugs and I'm in my early 20's.

3 months ago I had a cervical xray done showing that my cervical bones are too straight but that's all that I was told and when given the slip of paper only one symptom was even consistent with it. I randomly looked at the xray today and noticed a black circle in one of my bones and was wondering if I should take the disc to another doctor and have another opinion, I feel like it's just a pocket of air but opinions on what to do are nice!


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