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jakatakjjakatak Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
The blah blah stenosis C5/C6 with mild disc bulge.

Here's the deal. After the last injection, I don't have the shoulder nor the arm pain. Inflammation is obviously reduced.

However, I know have numbness...just slight mind you...in the tip of my thumb and a couple fingers.

Now....I am curious as to the insidious nature of this onset.

I find it hard to believe the bone spurring is causing this multiple level pressure. Is it possible that the disc bulge is doing this?

I know I need to talk to my Doc...but I'm just fishing for some ideas....thank you


  • Greetings! Obviously what I am about to say is based on my own experience, okay? My first level to go was the C5/6, and like you, I had pain, burning, numbness etc. all the way down to my thumb and index fingers. Bone spurs *can* push the disk into the cord, or the nerve roots if they are in the right (for us, wrong) location.

    My C2/3 on the left side has a moderate 'cluster' of osteophytes that have pushed my disk 9+mm out to the right. Since the cord is further back at that level, I only have 'off and on' symptoms at that level. So, yes, spurs can be a problem. Some people can have a *huge* bulge and no symptoms, yet others, "tiny, small, mild" and be in agony. We are all different, so we react (or don't) differently. So yes, spurs can cause all manner of problems depending where they are, and what they are interfering with. I hope that helps. You can also use the 'search box' at the top of the web page to possibly find further answers or member experiences with the dreaded spurs and disk bulges. Take care.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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