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I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
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Based on your symptoms, it is possible you may have herniated disc at the cervical spine causing nerve compression.
In most cases, this is not significant requiring any surgical intervention.
Physical therapy is still the preferred initial treatment to correct the problem.
In many cases, the problem is related to the incorrect posture during sleeping and sitting ( incorrect position of the chair for example).
Hence, MRI scan although needed, is not going to change the management significantly.
Since you do not have any tingling, numbness or weakness of the arms or hands, this is not a serious condition.
You should continue with the physical therapy--be patient, sometimes, it may take several months to recover from.
Also focus on getting an ergonomic chair at work place, get a firm but comfortable mattress for sleeping.
Try to maintain proper posture during sleeping --avoid fetal position ( crooked spine position or sleeping on one side for long time).
You can use pillows under knees to relieve pressure on the lower spine.
Also choose a right pillow --not too high or low 2-3 inches thickness not too soft or firm either.
These changes should help with your recovery.
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You are right for the most part. I have done physical therapy in the past. Many visits for this problem and they help a lot. But then it just comes back. Knots are forming around my left shoulder blade from this one pressure point at the base of the cervical spine. Is their a medical term for what this could possibly be? ie Cervical Foraminal Stenosis? I have reason to believe that this could be a recurring symptom from nerve damage.