Three weeks ago I was stretching in the shower and I hear a click and my neck got locked up in spasm. I think that I have a pinched nerve because every time I adjust a certain way posturally I feel tingling and pain running down my left arm and into my fingers. My neck is still somewhat locked up, I don't have a full range of motion without feeling the pain from the possible pinched nerve.
I have had stiff necks before but usually they go away after a couple days. So I went to see a doctor and she had me take an xray. The bones werent damaged but in the frontal profile x-ray my neck was tilted to the right.
I noticed that my neck was tilting to the right so this wasnt really surprising. What WAS shocking to me is that I noticed a bulge on my left side of my neck a few weeks ago, I showed it to the doc and she said it was my SCM muscle. It is not the same on the right side though.
I started looking at pictures of myself from the past couple years and in all of them, MY NECK IS SLIGHTLY TILTED TO THE RIGHT. I find that I can't even really get my neck into the correct position even if I am willing to push thru the pain. I don't think that I ever could!! Or at least not recently. I just never noticed it before. I always knew I had bad posture, and very slight skulliosis but this is different. I am an active person and lift weights and play basketball.
If anyone has any advice on what I should be doing I would appreciate it. I am looking into getting an MRI, starting PT and buying a water/ over the door cervical traction machine.
Anything else?? Will this ever get better? What is wrong with me?
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