Hello Guys I am a new member and 23 year old male. I am so glad I found this site and maybe you can help me out.
My history starts back in January when I was having back and neck pain along with body wide tingles. I though i had a brain tumor or MS so my primary care doctor ordered some blood tests which included auto immune tests which came back clear. Next my PC doctor ordered and MRI of the brain and cervical spine with contrast on a 1.5T machine. The brain scan came back negative of any abnormalities but my cervical spine came back with no bulging disks but some disk bone spurs on my c5/c6 and c6/7. They were small in size with only one hitting a thecal sac. he then ordered an EMG of my Upper extremities which came back clean. I decided maybe it was just anxiety and saw a therapist and was prescribed some anti-anxiety medication for the short term. Eventually all my tingling and pain went away for a 2 months which it came back in full force but only in my left hand. I thought nothing of it and thought it was carpal tunnel or something. The tingling started in my pinky then over a course of a month traveled to the back of my hand and the palm of my hand would burn at times. I took some anti inflammatory and began wearing a brace at night since I thought I had carpal tunnel or radial nerve irritation. It did not go away and I went to a neurologist who ordered another MRI of my brain and cervical spine without contrast in March on a 3t high field MRI. The brain MRI came back clean but my cervical MRI showed disk bulging at c3/4 and c4/c5 without any impingement. However, I had a small herniation on my c5/c6 which was moderately narrowing my neural foreman and touching the thecal sac but with no cord compression or stenosis. But the strange thing was no bone spurs were detected as with the previous MRI and I had an X ray to confirm this.
The pain eventually subsided but came back In May in full force and my right hand began experiencing the same symptoms of my left especially at night. My symptoms are brought on more by rest but activity tend to make it go away. My neuro scheduled another EMG which I had last week which was very through and even included needles in my neck. The results, clean with not impingement any where. My neck has also began to hurt in the past couple of weeks. I was happy the the EMG was clean but was upset in away since I don't know w\hats causing my problems.
Her offered me an epidural but I am to scared to do it since the risks outweigh the positives and I fear i may damage my spinal cord with a need going in there. He told me since I was young and the herniation's are small, that my body wlll reabsorb the disk material in time as he has seen it multiple times. This neurologist is very popular in the city and has received many awards. I want to trust him but this has been going on too long. I still have range of motion in my neck but it is hurting to my shoulder blades and my neck burns. I want to get another MRI but I wont see him until late June. I just hope he gives it to me. This problem has really hindered my sleep and had made me depressed and in pain. I wish my body would heal and I want to avoid the chiropractor as they can make things worse in the neck or even cause a stroke. I tried PT but it just aggravated my symptoms.
What do you think I should do guys, is it possible the two EMGS missed something. I blame my neck issues on poor posture as I was never injured in hard blunt trauma to the neck which could cause problems. I am afraid I may need surgery in the future which I want to avoid. My last MRI was not that bad, but I fear thing\got worse . My Neuro who is also a spine specialist is very optimistic thinking my body will heal but I am very worried that its not despite being small disk herniation and I fear it go worse.