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Burning pain in my neck an shoots down :(

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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:48 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
i need some help or ideas of what could be wrong i have a severe burning pain on my neck on the right side its also on my spine an a little to the right where the shoulder blade is i have had x-rays and 5mris and a emg an nothing shows up i have this gel i put on an it calms down the pain i have this pain for about 2years now i have knots all around my shoulder blade and also one in the back of my neck it severely hurts i have had it for soo long now that it is starting to burn on the left side i have been to alot of different docters and they dont want to help because nothing shows in the x-rays or the mir's soo any ideas?


  • Sorry to hear of being in pain for two years..Have you tried massage or Physiotherapy? I had trigger point injections by a Pain Management Dr. that helped elongate the muscles and takes out the knots. I hope your Dr. can give you a referral and find out what's going on. A sports Dr. (Physiatrist) may help you but not sure if you can refer yourself maybe check with your insurance carrier. Keep us posted how you're doing. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Greetings, and Welcome to Spine Health!!! Do you per chance have a facility that conducts "positional MRI's?" What I mean is that you are standing or sitting for your MRI, and as such, your spine is under load (and possibly where your pain happens), and as such, they can then see it?

    When my C6/7 went, a recumbent MRI showed nothing, a week later, sitting MRI, showed the herniation bigger than stink! I hope you have answers soon. Again, welcome aboard!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • I agree with Aviatrix about seeking a positional MRI. You might also ask them to do a disc-o-gram.

    I had a micro-discectomy/lamectomy L5-S1 in 1999 that lasted about 1 year before I re-injured the same disc. Numerous doctors told me that NOTHING showed up in the new MRI. I was in excruciating pain for 5 years. I finally found a doctor in 2005 the ordered a disc-o-gram. It proved that my L5-S1 disc was indeed VERY bad! I had 360 Fusion Surgery L5-S1 in 2005 the helped relieve almost all of the pain. The only remaining pain is due to some nerve damage due to the prolonged wear and tear of the nerves from 2000-2005.

    Good Luck and keep trying!!!
  • I'm glad to hear your lumbar fusion worked fairly well. Mine was immediately necessary due to a possibility of being paralyzed. But within 6 months sciatic pain down both legs, buttocks, lower back, unbearable. Turned out is was scar tissue wrapped around the screws. Thankfully rather than the very disappointing help I'm getting with my neck fusions and non stop nerve cuttings, they put in a spinal cord stimulator implant and it controls all my pain from waist down, including Neuropathy pain from Diabetes, ankle pain from surgery/grafts/pins, Arthritis, and 3 knee surgeries, ending with a complete replacement finally.

  • The symptoms remind me so much of myself, especially the burning pain, which has now been diagnosed as nerve pain from spinal damage, fusions, etc. A big mess. It's amazing that a few nerves can cause so much pain, tightening up muscles, tendons, and then radiating into so many areas. Mine affects neck, shoulders, left arm all the way to the fingers, mid back, and excruciating headache pain behind the eyes. I wear very dark sunglasses almost all day and even at night to be able to watch t.v. It makes me close to housebound because sunlight pierces me. I'm hoping after a 6th nerve cutting, this will slow down and hopefully have about 6 months of relief, but we'll see. It's definitely not fool proof.
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  • You may have touched on the problem yourself. Muscle knots, spasms and general tightness can be very painful. They may be the result of a spinal problem, and are taking defensive action.
    Or the muscles themselves may be the cause.
    Either way, a good physio examination should be very helpful. They examine every joint and can tell immediately if there are problems.
    If a joint is out of place, which is very common, they may be able to massage it and coax it back over a few treatments.
    For the muscle pain, try remedial massage, which should provide immediate relief.
    I can strongly recommend taking magnesium chloride for tight muscle problems and general health benefits. I have had enormous relief from muscular pains from taking magnesium. Absolutely amazing.
    Because it is not a drug, it is not publicised or promoted by the medicos-no money in it.
  • With peter,tight muscle and can be very painful and even debilitating. Definitely try and get to a physio and even a good massage therapist. They should even be able to suggest if they think its disc problems.If so then a standing or sitting mri is a great idea.I agree that regular mri's don't always show the extent of the problem.Laying down isn't the position that we are most of the time. Good luck!
  • I printed this info out for my spinal doc, however he doesn't listen to me, time for a change. I'm a 14 hour drive from my medical insurance and have to make a change to try to get this under control. I have chair massagers, neck massagers, hand massagers, I know all the exercises, have a professional traction unit, just have to find it all after a move out of state. I really think my problem does have spinal basis (obviously), but tense easily and don't handle stress. Examining the charts of discs, tendons, muscles and where they travel, definitely but the headache pain right behind my eyes. So I think right now I need to concentrate on getting answers from others going through this instead of professionals. The nerve cutting C3-C7 has done nothing other than to increase the pain for 3 weeks. I'm ready to fight for myself and if I have a jerk for a doctor (although he is good) I need to switch my insurance to a local one (basically living between 2 states right now) and find someone that will actually listen. 1st is to type out all the procedures during 21 years, and the pain relief from these so a new doc can assess accordingly.

    I can't have MRI's anymore due to the SCS implant. But they did run a complete bone scan and don't find problems other than Arthritis and compression of discs and bulging. I did have an MRI in April and it did not look bad enough for surgery and the Neurosurgeon agreed with me, so I just need to find the magic semi-pain relief that is available and go from there.
  • Take charge!
    Doctors etc aren't always helpful with soft tissue problems, as they aren't treatable with drugs, essentially.
    You would definitely have a problem with tight muscles-who doesn't-so a remedial massage will work wonders.
  • Yes, although I have lots of physical spinal problems and other stuff, stress and tight muscles are definitely bad. At least exercising, massage, non-medical stuff helps me to relax and at least feel a little in control of my own body.

    I'm into 3 weeks now after the nerve cutting (which didn't work last time, so why he did it again is beyond me), but he thought as I'd had a 2nd cervical fusion in between it might. But I've had neck problems for 21 years, but this C6-C7 mid back pain is new (year or so) and feels like someone slugged me in the back and the air has been knocked out of me. New pains are harder to deal with and I can't get away from it without taking 2 Norco and more.

    I have to explore more and hear more from people that try alternative help other than surgeries and constant heavy meds.
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