I went for my very first MRI today , the results were not very helpful at all. The mri was without and with the contrast dye. I have no sense of touch and haven't since April, after recovering from bells palsy which was later determined to be Ramsay hunt syndrome due to loss of hearing . I lost sensation in my whole upper body after it went away, from my shoulders to my belly button, at the beginning it felt like I had a giant squeezing me around my upper stomach and bottom ribs. I couldn't use my hands properly I couldn't feel them, kinda like they fell asleep and forgot to wake up. It's been that way since April the numbness is still there , doesn't seem to be as bad as it was but now for the past couple weeks I've had horrible pain in my back where my spine is in different places like a little lower than in between my shoulder blades and my neck and the pain is in my shoulders and shoots down my arms. Anyways I had the mri done today which I was so terrified of , due to head trauma 24 years ago which I had to have my skull wired back together and the wires are still there. Nothing like the fear of going into a giant magnet to start your morning lol. Well they finally decided to go ahead and do it since it had been so long. I had an appointment with my neurologist almost directly afterward where we watched the mri and he said my thoracic spine looks great then we looked at the cervical spine and that is when I heard something I didn't want to hear, he was looking and said, "what is that? I have never seen anything like that before. " the top of my cervical spine is swollen and there seems to be a spot there. He was bumfuzzled and said he doesn't think that it is a tumor because it would have lit up with the contrast dye. So now he is sending me for a spinal tap and wants me to get an mri done on my head. I have no idea why but guessing there is a good reason. He prescribed gabapentin for the pain 600 mg 3× daily, it seems to take a lot of the pain away. Has anybody experienced anything like this? Anything that seemed to stump a neurologist? Anybody have swelling at the top of their cervical spine? Any words of wisdom or experiences would be greatly appreciated.