Home HealthTopics Health Centers Reference Library Research
Join us on Facebook Join us on Facebook Share on Facebook

Spine and Back Health

Shooting Electric Pain in Neck

03/23/2011

Question:

while working i felt a burning stinging shooting pain in my neck at the base of my skull.It shot into my head like a horn and down between my shoulder blades and out to my shoulders.So i just eased up on my job and asked for help and got it.During the weekend following my left arm went numb.And lasted thru Monday,While at work my manager sent me home til i seen my doctor.Seen him told him,sent to P.T for my lower back which made my neck worse.Told P.T people that every day,and the doctor.Gave pain pills,and rest. The pain gets worse doing anything that involves use of any muslce lifting anything for any period of time,walking up and down my stairs.It hurts sometimes riding in my car(bumps in the road).Test- C.T,E.E.G,E.M.G`s,Corodid Dopler,4 M.R.I`s. 2 of my neck,lower back,no con,head with contrast.Nothing on c.t,or e e g,done for an seizure type thing that happen couple months later.e m g showed coarpole tunnel right arm,nerve problems in feet.The first neck m r i showed nothing,at the same time the lower showed degen disc in several and l-5 nerve root slightly affected,but it said mild.the next neck showed degen disc in a couple,head m r i showed nothing nurse said today on phone.Its been 7 months with no help,sending back to p t. Doctors ive seen-my doc is internist-referd to pain specialist,neurologist.ask the nero to look at the neck mri`s he said he doesnt need to.then he orderd the head w / con. my job was- down stacking pallets and sorting restacking. pallet weights- 16 to 40 plus pounds. involves reaching above my head to below my knee`s for 8 hours.restacking from 30 to 45 high. done between feburary and august. no hilo involved 85 to 95% of time,not in the budget they said.25 to 34 stacks done alone most of the time. should i ask for and mri standing up of my neck?help please it even hurt to sit for too long,times i cant move at all.

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. On this site, we try to answer general questions about health but cannot diagnose or recommend treatment. You appear to have some very, very specific questions about your condition, which can only be answered properly by a physician who is familiar with your history, physical exam, and test results. Your questions about the testing results you've been given or the risks, benefits, and alternatives for proposed treatments of this condition need to be directed to your treating physician(s). You should insist that they answer these questions in a way that you are able to understand before consenting to any treatment. If your physician is unable to help you understand these issues, you should get a second opinion. Take care.

Our Answer Policy

For more information:

Go to the Spine and Back Health health topic, where you can:

Response by:

David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University