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C5, C6 & C7 With Chest Pain---Anyone?
I have been suffering on and off since mid-December with arm pain, back pain, tingling, twitches, and most upsettingly, chest pain on the right side. I had an MRI in mid-April which revealed the following: "There are mild degenerative changes involving the mid and lower cervial spine. There is mild loss of disc space height and endplate degenerative changes at C5-C6 and C6-C7. There is not evidence for a cervical bone marrow replacement process. At C5-C6, there is a very small central disc herniation minimally effacing the ventral thecae sac. At C6-C7, there is a small focal central disc herniation mildly effacing the ventral thecae sac without causing underlying cervical cord compression. There is no central or neuroforaminal stenosis. There is a benign hemangioma within the left side of the C7 vertebral body."
My doctor, whom I saw only twice and for this ailment, told me lots of people have the above-described condition and experience no symptoms so he couldn't say for sure they were causing my problems. He referred me to a neurologist and gave me a cervical radiculopathy diagnosis and the neurologist gave me an epidural, which did nothing. Oral steroids did nothing. Two months at a chiropractor did nothing. On and off since December, I have had periods where I feel almost fine except for a random, almost nostalgic sting in my arm or shoulder which doesn't bother me at all. These periods of painlessness last about 2-3 weeks usually and then something happens and it starts to hurt again. When this first began, the pain was terrible and the right side of my neck hurt also, but it seems to have settled mostly into the chest pain and back pain with tingling and achiness down the backs of one or both arms. The pain in my chest is like a mild burning ache and sometimes if I massage it it will go away, for a while at least. It's below my clavicle and above my breast. I was so freaked out about it I got a ct scan in May which came back clear. The other posts where people have chest pain seem always to be on the left, mimicking a cardiac event. I'm really confused about all of this because my doctor made me feel simultaneously as though this was a cervical spine issue or not a cervical spine issue; and no one else seems to have the right-side chest pain. I don't know if my MRI results reveal anything like what other people in pain have gotten. I have an appointment to get an EMG in three weeks, and I'm going to a PT next week but I still feel very unclear on my diagnosis and neither the doctor nor the neurologist have convinced me that what I am experiencing corresponds with the C5-C7 abnormalities outlined in my MRI report.
Any input is appreciated. I know no one is a doctor here and cannot diagnose me with anything.