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Popping neck and arm pain

Hi everyone! I am 30 years old and I have a lot of spine problems, I had a lower lumbar mri several years ago and just in that area I have spondylolisthesis (i think that's what it is called), and several dessicated, herniated, or bulging discs, and narrowing of the spinal canal. I have had pain and issues with my back and legs for a while now, but for the last year or two I have been getting a pain in my neck and a searing pain through my head and it is only relieved by "popping" my neck, but now when I pop my neck I get a horrible electric pain through my arm and it is rapidly getting worse. This happens several times a day now. I've tried to talk to my doctor but she doesn't listen and just tries to prescribe me pain pills without offering any explanation or solution. Do you have any idea what might be going on? Should I just go to another doctor and try to get a full mri?


  • While I did not have the intense pain you had, my symptoms were similar at the neck and tingling down my fingers.
    Your gut sense is on the mark - get to another doctor - neurologist, probably. That's how I started out.
    Mine ended up being cervical issues - bone on nerve on bone - and has since been corrected.

    Those are my thoughts, especially if you are having headaches and whatnot and the quality of your life is being seriously impacted.

    Keep us posted!
    10/26/2012 ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery
    No pain; no pain meds - thank goodness!
    04/01/2013 - 5 months + 1 week - FUSED
    Doing some physical therapy for even better range of motion
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