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New symptom caused by neck?

MaggiePMMaggieP Posts: 349
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Good evening all. Hope you had/having a great 4th of July! This morning when I got up, I couldn't straighten out my left arm. Hurts in the elbow join, about 3 inches above and below it, the whole area. I thought I had slept on it wrong, so didn't think much about it. I did the laying by the pool thing today, with very light swimming hoping to loosen it up. After a shower (I know too much info :))( ) and a 2 hour nap :D it still hurts. Think this could be from my neck issues? (See info below) With severe left foraminal stenosis, bulging disc, etc. all kinds of aches & pains come and go, but this one has stayed. If anyone else has experienced this, I would like to hear about it.



  • Sorry to hear about your pain today. I can relate to it all. I would suggest a pool to get threw the major pain. My doctor just told me to keep getting in and it will improve. just had a laminectomy at C3. Its helping some. The first few times I didn't see much of a change. Are you or can you take anti inflammatories? Its possible you have a inflammed joint in your elbow too. The pain associated with my neck problems was down my whole arm, so I am not for sure its your neck causing this. when you in the pool move the painful elbow as much as u can under the water. Fluid floats so it should allow u to flex it under the water with very little pain. applying heat and alternating with ice the first few days helps too. Good luck hun.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • Hi Maggie:

    I had pretty severe left arm pain for almost 2 1/2 years. At first I thought I needed elbow replacement. They did MRI's, X-Rays, nerve conduction tests. No problems with my elbow. Finally, they did find it was coming from my neck (c-5 thru c-6 especially). I had bulging discs, bone spurs, and a spinal canal that is much more narrow than the average.

    I ended up having a 4 level laminectomy. I still have the symptoms. My doctors say nerve root damage can take up to a year to heal. It could also be permanent. What my surgery did was prevent further damage.

    I cannot say this is a solution to your symptoms or situation. I'm just sharing my experience.

    Ken GreyEagle
  • Thank you for your comments. It is still hurting this morning. Will do some pool therapy again this afternoon. Only slept 3 1/2hrs last night because of the pain. Oh well, life goes on.

  • I also had the pain that you're describing before my surgery. Because I was so ignorant about what symptoms cervical disc issues can create, I thought it was tennis elbow. But, it was gone immediately after my surgery.

    What I did to help it was put ice on the elbow area and wear one of those tennis-elbow wraps just below the elbow. These things helped, but I could never get it to go away for very long. The ice really helped the most.

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