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I am 32 years old and have been unable to extend my head backwards fully without pain and also hurts to turn my head right fully and forwards as well. The paib prinarily is at the base of my neck where the shoulders start on the left hand side. I have had this pain for a few months and prior to that had thoracic pain, which I think was down to bad posture and carrying my toddler as it has gotten better slightly with excercises and posture trianing. GP refused to send me for MRI of neck but finally gave one for thoracic back.
The thoracic back came back as normal, however they noted that the cervical spine at c4/c5 has minor degeneration and that there are bone spurs and there is minor bilateral foraminal narrowing.
I am in pain when I move my head back or to the right side, and it is causing me headaches, which I know is exasperated by me worrying too. I just want a diagnosis, at the moment things like sarcoma, etc., are going around in my head.
My questions I guess are (a) would minor degenration and foraminal narrowing cause pain that radiates to left shoulder area? (b) do I need a dedicated image of cervical spine? (c) would things like a tumor show up?
Please respond with any advice. Do I see rheumetologist or a neurologist for this pain? I am thinking of going private just to get a scan and a diagnosis. My GP is really awful and dismissive.
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