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Cervical MRI?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Forgive me I am kind of double posting.

I am schedulded to have a epidural later this month but the Doctor that is doing it wants a MRI of my Cervical spine. I already have had a MRI of my thorasic area which shows 2 mild bulging discs.

My question is would I be having pain in my shoulder and midback area if there was a problem with my cervical area? If not why would the Doctor want an MRI of my cervical spine?



  • Suziee, shoulder and midback pain are definitely a sign of cervical problems. I went to the doctor 6 months ago because I was having major pain between my shoulder blades and on my left shoulder and after xrays and an MRI, discovered I have three bad disks and am now scheduled for a 3-lvl ACDF w/hardware on Oct. 21. I'd go with your doctor's recommendation and get the MRI.
  • I have had so much done to my c spine and yes I had horrific pain in my shoulders accross my back and down my arms,,, I first went to a shoulder dr because I thought that was what it was, I had had surgery on my c spine 4 years prior, so I didnt think it was possible to be haveing all thie pain there, but low and behold it was my neck,.but that was my case,
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  • I swear my Doctor is an idiot. He is a D.O. and is supposed to know all about the muscles and bone structure. Why the heck wouldn't he think of that. I told him I had a friend who was having pain in the shoulder area and it turned out to be in her Cervical spine. Of course he once again ignored my information.

    Yes I will be having the MRI on the cervical area, and they won't give me an exact date on the epidural until I have it done. Lucky for me it is a workmans comp. claim so I won't be having to pay for it.

    Each day I get more and more angry at my doctor. He sort of has my hands tied since he is in the middle of me and the epidural. I have tried to see other doctors but they don't want to step in to an already open claim. It sucks. :W
  • I'm sorry you are having so much pain. Just wanted to add that my initial symptoms were arm and shoulder blade area pain. I agree that you should have a c-spine mri.

    I too am dealing with workers comp on my injury. Fortunately they have been very good to me, although sometimes a little bit slow with their authorizations. Depending on the outcome of your mri, you may want to seek out a spine-specialist such as an orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon, for a 2nd opinion. You stated that you are having difficulty getting another doctor to see you. Can you talk to your case manager with WC and request that they set you up with someone else? Especially if your MRI shows c-spine issues. This isn't to say your DO is not doing his job, but it does sound like you are frustrated with him, and so I would advise seeking a 2nd opinion.

    Please keep us informed on the MRI. Good luck.

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • yep those pains you're feeling in your shoulders and midback could very well be linked to problems with the cervical spine. I'm glad he ordered the MRI for you. You just never know what's going on in there. BTW-is this the same doctor that I just read about who referred you to a nutritionist?
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  • Yes this is the same doctor. I really don't think the guy has a clue. He did have a neurosurgeon look at my MRI of my thoriac area and the surgeon said I was not a candidate for surgery (duh) but was for an epidural. It's kind of strange but I get the feeling my Doctor does not want me to see another doctor even if it is a specialist. This has been going on for almost a year and you would have thought he would have passed me off to a specialist of some sort by now. I don't no what his motivation is other than he wants to be the one who fixes me. :?

    Cyndi, I hadn't thought of contacting my case worker.. Good idea. Thanks...
  • I agree talk to your case worker asap. Maybe they can get someone else for you.
  • My cervical problems started in my arm and shoulders, too. I rarely have neck pain. I think the docs call it "referred pain." Do all the conservative treatments you can. And, I wish you luck; hope you can get a second or third opinion.--Mazy
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