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    Old 10-24-2014, 12:55 AM   #1
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    Straight Cervical Spine and Pain

    I am a 24 year old women and a few months ago I was told by my Dr. that I had a straight cervical spine after, looking at the x-Rays he ordered. He said this explained all the neck, back and muscle pains I have been experiencing for the past few years. Recently, I have been having pain in my legs, along my shin and my knee. I don't know if this new pain is coming from my straight cervical spine, which; caused the muscle spasms, the swelling of my spine and the pain in experiencing or from having osgood-schlatter's disease as a teenager. After being diagnosed with having a straight cervical spine my dr. Prescribed me muscle relaxers, pain med, and anti-inflammatory 's. I don't like taking pain pills or muscle relaxer's so, I only take the anti-inflammatory medicine. I'm tired of being in pain. My muscle in my shoulders and back feel like they are being knotted tightly together. My neck constantly hurts and I have shooting pain in my arms and hands. Does anyone have any advice/facts about this? Does anyone else share something similar to this. I am open to suggestions.

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    Re: Straight Cervical Spine and Pain

    Hi and welcome to the boards! Straightening of the cervical spine usually occurs from muscle spasm in the neck muscles. The muscle relaxants would probably help, and if you experience side effects you don't like, you can ask for a different one. Some are more sedating than others. If the neck pain has been present for years, you may be having spasm as a result of nerve root irritation or arthritis in the neck. Did your xray show any signs of disc space narrowing or arthritis? This can happen even in people your age, unfortunately. You might ask for a copy of the xray report to read yourself. An MRI might be helpful to better see the discs and nerve roots. Some other conservative treatments you might try are heat, massage, and physical therapy. A "dog-bone" pillow or other pillow that supports the natural curve of the neck might be helpful too.

    Old 11-04-2014, 05:43 AM   #3
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    Re: Straight Cervical Spine and Pain

    Hi there,

    My recommendation would be to get more information. The straightening of the spine or lordosis can occur for many reasons; like ladybug said it could be from muscle spasms, it's also common to see this condition from poor posture or lots of desk/computer work. The cervical spine should have a nice curve to allow your head to sit over your shoulders in a balanced fashion. The more forward head posture you have, the more weight is applied to your spine, thus "stretching" it straight. My spine doctor explained it like this. Hold a gallon of milk close to your chest and you can hold it for a while, extend your arm and it gets harder and harder to hold.

    Why I recommend getting more information is to rule out any spinal cord issues. Some impingement issues can force your head to move forward in an attempt to reduce pain (But also then causing other pain). Once you see a specialist, maybe get an MRI, then you can work with a specialist on a game plan. Physical therapy/traction is a good idea to get your curve back.

    Please don't despair.

    Also might want to look in Rolfing - although it is expensive - it works to correct your posture overall. Also consider massage, acupuncture and ergonomic assessments.

    Good luck.

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