Re: Nerve damage in upper back and neck ?
depending on how close any given nerve actually is within that esophogeal area,this could actually happen.i do believe the vagus?is actually the closest to that area and would run thru the area where you are describing your pain?not 100% certain here tho.try looking up cranial nerves-images.this will show you many different pics of which nerves run where.try and actually map the pain in relation to what you feel and what runs the closest to the esophagus.this would be the really best way i think at this point to at least give you an idea of where this could be stemming from.tho most of us have 'normal' nerve patterns as far as actually matching up with the diagrams we look at to see where the nerves are,many people will have slight or even huge deviations in as far as how any given individuals actual nerve patterns will really run thru our bodies.its just the way things are formed.you could have been this way from birth,or,and this is usually more the reason,there could be something compressing or pushing on a nerve that changes its normal pathway.something like a herniation or another malformation can possibly do this too.
given the symptoms,obtaining an MRI on your c spine could possibly reveal the actual reason for this.was this sort of a sudden onset type symptom or was this always this way to an extent?i would definitely bring this up to your primary doc so he is aware and can do a neuro eval and possibly refer you for that MRI.it should at least be evaluated since it isn't what would be considered a 'normal' body system reaction,you know what i mean?please let me know what you find out i am really curious now to see what is actually triggering this odd symptom.good luck KC,marcia
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