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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Has anyone here ever had excruciating neck pain that got progressively worse but didn't have any signs of problems on xray or mri? Here is why I ask.

I am 27 yrs. old and have had neck pain that has been getting worse over the past year. It used to be just annoying. However, now the pain in my neck is so bad that I can no longer drive more than 20 minutes without wanting to cry, I can't sleep do to muscle spasms going up and down the sides of my spine, the bones of my neck feel sore and tender, I have a horrible electric pain that periodically bolts down the center of my spine, and another pain that radiates down my left arm, the fingers on my left hand go tingly all the time, and oddly enough, I feel like the more I move my neck the better I feel but the second I stop it starts to hurt again. However, after getting an mri and xrays done nothing shows up! Is it possible to experience this much pain with no evidence of a problem? I am at my witts end and am looking for a solution. Any ideas?


  • Welcome to Spine Health.

    It is possible to have issues that do not show up on a standard MRI or set of xrays. It does not mean that there isn't a problem. Fortunately there are many different types of tests that can be done if the doc feels the signs and symptoms warrant further testing.

    What kind of doctor have you been seeing that has ordered the xrays and MRI? Have you had the chance to see a spine specialist yet?

    I'm sorry that you are having these problems and at 27, you shouldn't have to be saddled with them.

    Glad you found us,

  • Hi and welcome.
    Like "C" stated there are so many other tests.
    I would discuss this with your Dr and keep up on them. That I found is the only way to find things out. I'v been there done that.
    Yes what type of Dr are you seeing? I know when I'v had my personal Dr order testing. He can't make heads or tails out of them because he is not trained in that profession.
    So a spine specialist is your best bet, If your not with one already.

    I hope you get the answers your looking for.
    Did you ever have any type of injury to the neck area or spine?
    Did you play alot of sports?
    Have you tried any physical therapy etc for the issues your having now?

    Hang in there fight for answers and be your own health advocate.
    Pain is real and you should not have to suffer not knowing whats causing it.
    I'v had electric shocks down my spine so I feel with ya on that one.

    Take care
    Terri O:)
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  • I had the some of the same problems. Severe pain from neck down the middle of spine into lower spine. Had the MRI and x-rays and nothing came up. Then they gave me a Cat Scan and everything showed up. 2 bulging disks, degenerative cervical spondylosis, 2 lower mild degenerative disks, arthrosis.

    So I would try the Cat Scan and see what results you get from it.
  • Kip - I am having the exact same problem. Been seeing a neurosurgeon but he isn't really listening to me. Last visit was under a minute. The pain is getting so bad and I completely understand about the driving part. My shoulder blade is also tremendously painful. It is getting so hard to focus at work.
  • Thanks for all of the input. It is good to know that I am not alone! I have been working with my pcp. He said if the tingling/pain continues he would refer me to a neurologist. I didn't realize that there were other tests that could show problems. I guess this is just the beginning of figuring out what is going on. I am trying a chiropractor tomorrow and have been seeing a massage therapist who is also a physical therapist. I just hope there is an answer to all this pain.
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