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Old 12-26-2012, 07:33 AM   #1
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Cervical spine; Spasms without nerve symptoms?

I guess the title says it all. I have bad muscle knots in the neck and spasms with very taut muscles in the trap muscles and into shoulder blades, and even some pulling into the pecs. It's a little difficult to rotate the head full way and it feels stiff. However, I don't have any typical nerve symptoms into the shoulders or extremities etc. (though I do get some tingling at the nap of the neck and upper traps). Can cervical of thoracic spine problems cause this? I have had no injuries. I have limited funds so don't want to go the whole xray route if it leads nowhere.

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Old 12-26-2012, 05:49 PM   #2
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Re: Cervical spine; Spasms without nerve symptoms?

How long have you had these symptoms? Are you doing a lot of sitting with your job? People can carry a tremendous amount of tension in the areas you describe, sometimes without even being aware of it. What you are describing sounds much more like a muscle or soft tissue problem...not a disc problem or stenosis, etc.

Have you tried taking NSAIDs on a regular time schedule and at the same time tried icing the area? Sometimes using a combination of ice and heat works better for some people.

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