I have had 4 bad falls down stairs over the past 6 years. That last one was in October 2012. I have on and off lower back pain with nerve pain down my right leg. Trouble with concentration, speech, and headaches dizziness. All of which I have told my doctor but feel goes on deaf's ear.
Now I have chronic neck and right arm pain. It all started with a sneeze and the next morning I could not move my neck. Doctor put be on viocdin and muscle relaxers. She also had me start physical therapy. She ordered and xray of my neck but it showed nothing. I had to take a trip to the er because I started to have nerve pain in my right arm and leg and pain in my upper chest with dizziness . ER doctor ordered an mri of my neck and ct of my brain after a short wait er dr came in and said no diagnoses and to follow up with my dr. My doctor said my mri was normal and to continue with physical therapy and meds. Now i'm feeling as if this is all in my head. I go back to the dr because the nerve pain in my neck and right arm are so bad I cant move my arm. She tells me nothing showed up on the mri to say a nerve is pinched and to give it time. She put me on neurontin for the nerve pain. I am taking 300mg twice a day. This has help but do not want to be on this because of the side effects. She also referred me to a pain doctor and said she did not feel i need to see a neurologist. Won't see the pain dr till the end of Oct.
Now I am out of work because I am unable to sit at my desk because the pain is so bad. My muscles are so tight they hurt too.
I requested a copy of the mri report and this is what I got.
1. Disk osteophyte complex c4-c5 and c5-c6 causing effacement of the ventral subarachnoid space and anterior aspect of the cervical cord at these levels.
2. There is mild neural foraminal narrowing on the right C4-C5 and most pronounced at C5-C6 but no definite neural impingement.
3. There is no central canal stenosis
After reading this I am confused as to why my dr would tell me that my mri was normal. Both my chiropractor and physical therapist fell I should see a neurologist but my doctor does not.
Today my chiropractor called my doctor to see about getting a referral to a neurologist for a EMG test because now I have lost of strength in my right arm and hand. My doctors nurse called me and said no because the mri did not show a nerve is being pinched.
I dont feel I am getting better after 2 months. I feel like I am getting worse.
Guess my question is can a mri tell if a nerve is pinched? If not a pinched nerve why did the neurontin give me some relief ?
Im thinking I need to get another dr for a 2nd opinion but just started short term disability and dont want to mess that up. So stressed and feel so confused.