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Neck/Shoulder pain - becoming unbearable

Neck/Shoulder pain - becoming unbearable

Hi all,

I am 34 male, slightly overweight. I have been having neck and shoulder pain mostly on the left side but it sometimes radiates to below my arms and even to the center of my back. At times I also felt the pain on the right hand side. I took the below xrays and the respective reports:


For some odd reason my doctor doesn't want me to do any physiotherapy and instead prescribed me anti depressants to relieve my muscle spams. I don't want to take anti depressants....any idea what I can do to help me recover without becoming dependent on these medications?




  • LizLiz Posts: 9,712
    hello rz82
    there are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
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  • mandykb23mmandykb23 DelawarePosts: 20
    I would say you need to get a MRI. Sounds like a possible herniated disc but can't say for sure until you get an MRI that shows the discs
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  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    Those are all great questions for you to ask your doctor.  If you have asked and didn't get answers, then seek a second opinion from someone who will answer your questions.  It is up to you to be your own best medical advocate.


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • I was prescribed Vallium after my lumbar disc herniated.  It was only for 2 weeks and is used regularly in conjunction with other pain relief.  It made a huge difference to me and took me sideways away from pain and I didn't have any side affects after I stopped taking them.

    Prolonged severe pain on the body can increase blood pressure I found, so it is important to get that pain under control, even if its short term while other investigation is organised.

    As suggested above, maybe an MRI will produce better imaging of your discs.



    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
  • Like some of the others said, get a MRI scan! You cannot diagnose soft tissue injury or abnormalities with an X-ray! I have bulging discs at C5 and C6. My primary doctor had a MRI done and the radiologist said everything was fine! I knew he was wrong, so my pain management doctor had another MRI done the next month and sure enough I was diagnosed with bulging discs!
    The point in telling you this is if either the doctor you are seeing, or the tests come back as normal, and you know in your heart that there is something wrong and they are not diagnosing you correctly, by all means go to a different doctor or hospital to get your issue diagnosed! They are human and do make mistakes!!! I know this first hand!! Good luck and let us know what you find out!!
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