Back ache!!

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I keep having a part of my upper spine that feels sore and to the right of it and it makes my shoulder ache. It is giving me a headache most days on the right side of my head. All the right side of my neck feels tender compared to the left. I feel shattered all the time. I have saw osteopaths, chiropractors and they all say my right feels tight and locked but can't seem to help. I have had my shoulder x rayed and all was fine. I saw the dr yesterday and he's sending me for a spinal x ray, i was hoping for a ct scan or mri. Will this x ray show much as in discs, ligaments etc?

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    Hi Dianne, sorry to hear about the pain you are suffering - I also agree it would be better to have an MRI of your cervical spine to check if you may have degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis. Your symptoms including excruciating migraine and pain, sounds so similar to my spinal issues including severe tiredness. Do you have any pain and swelling across the top of your shoulder or cracking and crunching as you turn your neck? It may be an idea to ask your gp to refer you to a rheumatologist or neurologist. It could also be muscle spasms. Wishing you all the best x
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    Hello Dianne

    Insist on an MRI, I had mine about five years too late. Wasted too much time with chiropractors, physiotherapists, accupuncturists. Two weeks ago I got myself a new GP, the other one didn't listen to me, I guess there are plenty them around. Now that I've had an MRI I can see what spinal stenosis looks like. In my non-medical opinion x-rays don't show enough. Trust you find a cure.  Alpine

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    Dianne I really doubt the x-Ray is going to show the cause of your pain, you really do need to have an MRI. It will give you the answers you are looking for - either pain is stemming from your neck or it's coming from elsewhere - either way your pain is real. I feel to much money/time is spent on x-Rays instead of going straight to MRI. Take care and good luck!
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      Went for back injection last week and was told if it didn't help an MRI was next.  He said the X-ray only can show the bones and would need a more detailed exam.
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      Hi Buckeyes, has the injection helped at all? I'm due to have facet joint, sacroiliac and lumbar spine injections and also radio frequency denervation next month but doubt my pain specialist would do this without first doing an MRI as yes, X-ray would show bones and we are not complaining of broken bones are we lol
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      The jury is still out.  Because of my heavy schedule this past week I haven't been able to test it out.  Originally I had spasms in my back when I tried to stand or walk more than  a few minutes making it hard to shop without leaning on a cart.  I would have to hold onto a bar in the bathroom when taking a shower to get off one leg.  That seems better.  I tried walking on the treadmill and could Only do 5 minutes at a time and had the spasms and eventually stinging pain.  I haven't had a chance to do any walking or the treadmill because I have been busy having testing for unrelated issues and haven't been home long enough.  On top of that I decorate cakes and have been extremely busy with those this week.  I should get some idea tonight because I have an aquatic arthritis class and it's been difficult to walk from the car to the therapy pool.  Hoping I can walk without pain!
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    MRI is needed took me a year to get one push hard ask to see a back specialist too 
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    Hello Diane 

    Marshal is right. you have to advocate for yourself. I asked to go on the cancellation list and got an appoinment later the same day. Be firm, don't let them give you the run around. 

    Alpine

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    hi, sory to hear about you.. but i think that an x ray will surely help you out as it will show the exact affected area so that the doctor will get an clear idea of the back pain.   
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