Hi I'm going through physical therapy now (going on 12 weeks). The spine surgeon felt that since originally my pain was hypersensitive to the touch and it was just on top of the spine, then it was purely a muscle/posture issue so no MRI/Xray was done.
However, after 12 weeks of physical therapy, there are some days where not only can't you touch me right on top of the spine of C5 but if you try to mainuplate it on the side, near the joint, forget it. It feels exactly like an epidural needle going inbetween the vertabre.
She's been massaging/Grastoning the muscles on my shoulder blades. Most days the knots are horrible on the right side, now really bad on left. I've had horrible rotator cuff pain that seems to be ok now (it was a grinding pain). Now I have a "ripping" of muscles between the shoulder blades where I can barely pick up groceries bags without that "ripping" feeling. We're not talking heavy bags either. By night, I can't even turn my head to look if someone is passing me while driving; the ripping feeling comes back. By the time I go to bed, I feel so inflammed/burning on the C5, I can't take it. I'm currently trying a Flector patch daily for 14 days because the therapist thinks I"m so inflammed at the joint that an antiflammatory will help.
I never had an injury so I don't know what happened. I was pregnant in 2008 so they're guessing that started all of this.
Anyone else have this? Never had arm, hand, wrist, numbness, etc. Should I get an MRI?