Had my appt with an NS yesterday to get second assessment on C-Spine C-6/7 DDD kyphosis and onset of nerve pain down my shoulder/arm/hands and MRI CT scans showing narrowing space at nerve root 7/8, as well as new changes of deformed thecal sac/spinal cord.
(It's been 5 months since OS assessment and surgery was taken off the table his opinion that prognosis not good, risks & complex junction c-spine into t-spine surgeries: anterior & posterior).
In relaying to the NS my onset of intense symptoms of radiculopathy (pain shoulder blade, upper mid-thoracic and pain in left arm/hand) it was interesting of where came out of the exchange with him - - when the ESI nerve block injection and he questionned me about my severe reaction and the nerve damage I have in my ulnar & median nerves arm and severely disabling my hand.
Re: ESI Nerve Block Injection = Nerve Trauma Damage !
Well it appears and from what NS said e-ufrom the intense reaction during the injections and severe episodes of electrical nerve spasms and numbness throughout my arm/hand/fingers WAS NOT just a "typical reaction" (the PM Dr. wrote it off as) and most likely because of the rapid muscle decline and atrophy in intrinsic muscles/ligamentsht of my hand/fingers in what he said is a rapid sequence of what I called "episodes". He said that it was a "very short period of time to have so much nerve dysfunction/damage" and that most likely it was "direct trauma caused by the injections = nerve damage" !!!!
OMG!! soooo that means this C-spine compression may not be the whole source or may not even be causing the sudden intense radiculopathy in 12 weeks = nerve entrapment double crush suspected.
I am....well I am angry... because the OS Spine Director wrote-it-all off as typical reaction and I won't go into what was done in the following month after that !!!
And now it's very clear to me not to be passed off as secondary nerve entrapment caused by already compromised nerve root in C-Spine and what ensued after that - - I am livid and totally dismayed!! I am grieving and trying to detach with this new discovery/confirmation...
Hope to know more from CT and myelogram tests to be done next week. Thank God this NS was honest and was willing to be a true physician and fully assess what most likely was and is happening now in my arm/hand/fingers.
Now with all this coming into focus, much to still accomplish and question, what can and will be done to hopefully recover my arm/hand (very questionnable for what has happened) and status of severe stage of pathology nerve damage - - more neurology, neurosurgery assessment is all I know right now.. more diagnostics and I can't go into the subject of the OS negligence...must see where I am now, what needs to be done or what can be done.