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What causes muscle spasms in neck

cla_guaccla_gua Posts: 186
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am still confused on what is causing my horrible muscle spasms. I went to my PM dr yesterday and got trigger point injections. Which work great. I asked him why all the muscle spasms. He said that he doesn't know. He said my neck problems are not that bad and shouldn't have such bad muscle spasms. I then told him I have never had neck or shoulder muscle problems or even a migraine headaches until I hurt my neck. Of course he said he couldn't explain it why I get muscle spasms. I then asked him if I could have a torn muscle in my neck that is causing all these problems he said wouldn't even consider it.

Does anyone have an explanation or idea of what is causing my muscle spasms?




  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    MRI done of your cervical or thoracic area?
    Either one could produce some muscle spasms in your neck.

    From my experience, Muscle spasms that start go up/down the side of my neck have been related to shoulder problems.
    In fact, I just had 2 inner cortisone injections done in each shoulder. After X-rays, arthritis is rapidly growing, and that has caused my shoulder problems, which in turn resulted in muscle spasms in my neck

    When its more thoracic originated, the muscle spasms seem to be more in the middle of my neck.

    But then again, this was MY experience and what I am saying may not apply to your condition at all.

    Still, wishing you the best
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I've only had MRIs done on my cervical and lumbar region. I do have a minimal bulge at c7-t1. I wonder if this disc has more to do with the thoracis area than the cervical. I don't know. I am going to go back to my PCP soon and ask for another MRI. Just waiting a little while, almost a year in April since the last MRI.

    When you say "shoulder problems" are you referring to your rotator cuff? My main pains are my shoulders

    Thanks for the help. I hope you are feeling better.

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