I have had a chronic neck pain issue for about a year. I feel it near the base of my neck on my left side, near where the trap, shoulder, and neck/upper spine intersect. It is rarely painful in the morning, but it gets worse through the day,and sitting at a desk seems to aggravate it the worst. At first I thought I had a crick, or trigger point, and it seemed if I could stretch my head away from my outside shoulder, it would open it up and help, but if it does, it does not last.
I just had an mri, and the doc said it looked to be at the c5 joint, and he felt a nerve block would be helpful, and said he could do a surgical procedure by going in to the front of the neck. He is a very conservative doc, as I have lower back issues, and he is a strong believer in physical therapy, and says surgery for my lower back is a last resort solution, an we arent there yet. My problem is he hit me with the diagnosis all at once, and I was having a hard time taking it all in. I will be taking my wife with me in a few weeks to better understand my diagnosis and best solutions.
I am simply looking for any anecdotal experience others may share. I am a 54 yr old male. I do have impingement issues in both shoulders, but proper exercise helps control that. I do not have radiating pain down the arm, but I do feel occasional pain on the outside of the upper arm, but I think that is from my pre-existing bursitis. Any feedback would be appreciated.
here is a link to the mri...https://1drv.ms/i/s!Amf9x5zP7UIN34Fe8BRuAek-TXnZnw