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Re: Neck/Back Pain
Jan 2, 2009
I had my first experience with neck spasms like you describe in 1978 - treated with PT and muscle relaxers, on and off through the years. Ended up with two ACDF operations - 2004, then again in 2005. The first MRI was in 2004 - an earlier MRI might (or might not) have shown the problems with my C Spine discs.

When something like a bulged disc presses on a nerve it can cause pain. There may also be related pain, like from muscle spasms, that can develop as the body tries to 'protect' itself from the nerve pain - so muscle spasms can be an indication of something wrong.

Just sharing my experience - if the pain gets worse, or gets better then comes back, and the cycle repeats over time, then its time to look for the cause so you know what's going on. A bulged disc doesn't always result in surgery - but I was told for years that I was 'sleeping wrong' and things like that. By the time my real problem was diagnosed I had lost the use of my arm and hand, and there was much concern that the nerve damage might be permanent because it had been going on for so long.





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