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Lack of movement, bulging C3, 4 & 5

IsaacsspIIsaacssp Posts: 1
edited 03/06/2015 - 9:16 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical

I have a bit of a conundrum, about 2.5 years ago I woke up with an extremely stiff neck. I could not move my head side to side or bend my head in any direction. I was stuck looking straight forward. This had happened before and it usually lasted about a week and after yoga and Pilates everyday it would loosen up some and eventually go away. This time it stayed and it hasn't gotten much better.

I have had multiple MRI's and all they show is bulging at C3, 4 & 5 and the ligaments and muscles have shortened on my right side so my head is constantly tilted. My spine is great everywhere else. The problem has persisted. I exercise regularly with low impact activities such as yoga, Pilates, dance and swimming. I have a weekly massage with a very good sports and therapy massage therapist and I have had extensive chiropractor appointments with traction. Nothing has helped.

I have maxed out the traction table at 50psi (cervical stretch) and my massage therapist is baffled. I went to a neuro surgeon and explained it all and he told me that they were slightly deteriorated and to stretch..... (Probably because I told him I wasn't interested in a fusion)

I can now look down and about 20% upward, I can look side to side but only about 40%. I have zero side to side bend on either side.

I have no real pain except an occasional feeling of compression after a long day on my feet. Besides this my entire body is generally tight., especially my back and hips.

Anyone have anything like this?

I have had crohn's disease for 16 years with arthritis in my back, hips and knees. I am 27 years old. This is driving me nuts. HELP!


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