Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

190 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Is an X-ray effective in finding the cause of severe pain and burning sensation in the neck, shoulders and arms?

Hi. Ive been having trouble with my neck and upper back for 5 or so years now, also in my lower back. Recently I told my doctor about whats been going cause I finally have insurance. Well he xrayed both saying everything is normal. Im kinda of at a loss and it kinda makes me feel crazy. I know what Ive been threw and the trouble I have had lifting, sleeping, waking up in the mornings and how it bothers me threw the day and at the end of my days. Im used to a certain amount of pain every day and its been going on for a long while now and have long period of time in my past where Ive been miserable. My current symptoms depending on the day range from light to bad. It effects me at work the worse. In my lower back left side and outer part of my butt same side will hurt. It can range from light to something I would gimp around on here and there. When it gets bad it will bother me there and in the front of my thigh near my knee and my knee. Once in a long while ill get a shooting pain down my leg I can barely walk on. The shooting pains dont seem to last long thou and rarely happens. With my neck on the right side it can ache in the back and on the side of my neck and can have a burning sensation, the ache also runs down the top of my shoulder. It can also cause pain in my shoulder blade, down the back of my arm elbow and forarm to my to small fingers. Ive had my small fingers hurt really bad before and go completely numb. During this I can get knotted from the base on my skull to the middle of my back. This it pretty much a daily thing either one or the other or both. Usually the one that hurts worse can make me forget about the other or have days i cant seem to escape either. He has me on a muscle relaxer to sleep and a 24 hour anti inflammatory. Now my question is. Is a xray a end all be all test that can tell you nothings wrong? Cause i know whats been going on. Would a second opinion be good to get? Of so who would I see? Im at a total loss and it has me down is the reason im asking.
Thu, 23 Aug 2018
Report Abuse
Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Hello,

Considering your clinical history likely diagnosis is radicular pain in upper and lower limbs due to nerve root compression in cervical and lumbar spine. X-ray is usually normal as it shows only bone. For diagnosis of nerve root compression Magnetic resonance imaging is the investigation of choice. It is very sensitive and specific for diagnosis of spine pathology. Please get it done from radiology center nearby you. Meanwhile start tablet Pregalin one at bedtime. Avoid forward bending and weight lifting. You need to consult neurophysician for detailed clinical examination.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Regards,     
Dr. Jayesh Vaza
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

So two years agoish I fell down the stairs i threw my right arm out the stop myself from hitting the floor with my face. I held on to the rail with my left arm. Hit my shins. Went into physical therapy for 4 months and felt better doctor and physical therapist said go back to work full time. I went back with their blessing at full time plus some. I worked in laundry, a lot of repetitive movement. I started to feel major pain in my shoulder down the shoulder blade down the arm into my hand and into my pinky and forefinger a little into the neck around the shoulder blade into the underarm. If I don t take my medication it hurts to breath. I have full range of motion but its painful to move it, it is painful to walk. They can not find the reason and it is very frustrating. There have been MRI s, X-RAY s, EMG s, Ultrasounds of the veins since it swelled up after a horrible trip on a plane to go for a IME. The only thing they have been able to determine is that they believe I am in pain. The X-RAY shows where my shoulder bone has grown a little bit and the joint is not in there right, but they don t want to go in and shave down the bone until they figure out the rest of the problem.

doctor1 MD

Im suffering from acute pain in my neck spreading towards shoulders, arms and causes severe headache. i got the xray of my neck which shows straightening of cervical spine due to muscular spasm . this problem is hampering my routine life to great extent. it may be pertinent to note here that i am already suffering from L4, L5, S1 disc herniation for last 6 years. when my lower back problem started it badly affected my mobility since it caused me sciatica . i took various pain management medicines and also many sessions of physiotherapy. now i dont have that particular acute sprouting pain in my left leg on walking which i had initially but pain has spread over whole my spine. please advice me what should i do?

doctor1 MD

I have severe pain in neck area and shoulders which come and go. I also have many small welts, like a mosquito bite, on both arms and legs. No idea what may have bit me, but I woke up with this condition and it has persisted for several days. We did find evidence of scorpions in the house, but did call in the exterminators, and have not seen any since. Live in the Phoenix area.