What is causing the Pain?

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What is causing the Pain?

Postby pain sufferer » Sun Oct 30, 2005 10:15 am

Please explain how problems with my neck cause the pain in my upper back/left shoulder, upper arm and forearm? If not from the two bulgings discs, then what from?
pain sufferer

Postby Admin » Wed Nov 02, 2005 4:58 pm

Hi pain sufferer,

There are several anatomical elements in your neck that can pinch a nerve root. Most research done over the past 20 years suggests that bulging discs are the least likely suspect. More likely culprits are the hard bony surfaces associated with the facet joints that the nerve root must pass through on its way to your shoulder.

Degenerative disc disease is a symptom of a degenerating support structure in your neck. Weak muscles, slack (or overly tight) ligaments, etc., are without a doubt equally present. They just don't show up on scans or x-rays.

Check out my articles on herniated discs and pinched nerves if you haven't already.

Nowhere do I suggest that herniated discs are not a serious condition or something that should be taken lightly. The overwhelming body of evidence simply indicates that discs themselves are not usually painful and, more importantly, that they seldom require surgery.

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