Ok something hiccuped on my computer so I'll start this over. I'm a 52 year old recently retired police officer who remained active over the past 35 years or so with sports, hobbies, and outside work. 6 weeks into the retirement, I was doing an odd job, didn't think I did anything out of the ordinary. Came down with excruciating pain in left shoulder, bicep, forearm, wrist, etc. Had to see my primary Doctor's office, took them 4 days to even send me to someone who may know what could be causing the pain. Shorten the story some, ended up with an Ortho specialist, who referred me to another that specialized in hand wrist problems. He was fantastic, did order x-rays, mri's and a thorough exam. While doing a ROM check on my neck, he found that if I turned left, the arm went numb instantly. About 30 minutes later, I have another referral to a neurologist for nerve study and one to a neurosurgeon.
“At C6-C7 he has significant central stenosis as well as left-sided foraminal stenosis. At C5-C6 he has moderate central canal stenosis as well as foraminal stenosis and he has severe left sided foraminal stenosis due to a herniated disc. In addition he has kyphosis of the cervical spine centered at the C5 level.”
March 23, 2009 checked in to surgery center for a corpectomy C-5 with anterior discotomy and fusion C-4 to C-7, titanium plates and cage installed. 10 days post op now, in soft collar, walking with a cane to keep balance. Sure hope this does get better, having a tough time not being able to do anything. Got to take a break and get to a different position for a while.