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looking for any help with ddd/radiculopathy

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
long involved story but the basics:
I have been having right upper back and shoulder pain for 10 months with increasing tingling radiating down my right arm. MRI showed C5-C6 and C6-C7 disc degeneration, but the neurosurgeon stated that what he saw on the MRI would not cause the tingling. EMG was negative, but I was not having the tingling at the time of the test. I have since had surgery on my shoulder by an orthopedic surgeon who found bicep tendon issues during a scope. I had a block for the surgery. I was flabbergasted when I still felt tingling after the surgery when the block was still active. My questions are: could I still have radiculopathy and should seek a second neuro consult? Could I really feel tingling when a block had been done or was it 'phantom tingling' as my primary physician implied? Or is everything all in my head thus the mental health consult I'll be having on Monday. The pain is too much, but I'm postop now and hoping for the best. Thanks for any opinions.


  • I cannot help with most of your question, but I wanted to assure you that you do not have to be sympomatic for the EMG to properly register and to indicate if there is nerve damage.
  • I would get a second opinion. I had tingling in my entire right arm 24/7 before surgery and it was gone immediately after. There's no harm in having another doc, hopefully a spine specialist, take a look and see what's going on. JMHO.

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