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numbness and pain

crazy.neighborccrazy.neighbor Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am awaiting an mri after suffering since Mothers Day with pain and numbness from my fingertips all the way up my arm, and through the front and back of my shoulder area, and up the back of my neck. I know that sounds like a lot, but I am misrable. The doc seems to think I have nerve impingement. Anyone have any advice or experience to share with me. I am using ice continually and taking lortab 5 mg, which isnt helping much. Any response is appreciated. :|


  • I was just checkin my post.......I think its up.LOL
  • Hello neighbor :))) .Instead of using ice constantly, maybe you could try icing for ten minutes and heat for ten (rotate). My therapist told me that what that does is shrink (ice) and swell (heat) the inflammation. I know the swell sounds bad, but it's sort of like an excercise for the bone, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tissue surrounding that painful area. Always end with what feels the best to you. Of course don't even listen to me if you were advised differently. It sounds like a cervical (neck) issue is causing your symtoms. I have similiar pains and symptoms and mine are C5-7.

    I wish that I had some great words of wisdom for you, but I don't. I manage my symptoms with medications, TENs, rest that area when it's too bad. I'm lucky in that it affects my left arm/hand and I'm right handed, so on the bad days I type with one hand like I am right now. I've learned to live with my C-spine issues though and unless it acts up I do pretty good. Maybe PT will help you.I gave that a whirl a couple yrs ago, but don't go anymore. Ask your Dr about the TENs unit, if he writes an Rx for one it's possible your insurance will cover the cost. I hope you let us know how it goes.
  • I appreciate your advice. I will try the heat. Today I am wearing a couple of those icy hot pain patches. I am suprised that they help a little bit...but they do nothing for the deeeeep pain. And I do have an old tens unit somewhere around here. LOL If I find it Ill try it again. I am just hoping to get the mri saturday and hopefully get sent to a neurologist, and maybe, just maybe I can get fixed. Wouldnt that be wonderful? LOL Have a good day:-)
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You'll find a lot of information throughout the site and the members of the forum are very friendly, knowledgeable and supportive.

    I know what you're saying about your symptoms - I had the same when I was first diagnosed before my ACDF. It's kind of scary to haved tingling, numbness and weakness in your arms and the muscle spasms in the back are the worst.

    It does sound like some nerves are being affected, thus the radiculopathy in your arms. You may be referred to an ortho or a neuro, but when you are searching for a surgeon (seeing a surgeon doesn't always mean surgery, they usually try conservative measures first), try to find a fellowship-trained spine specialist, one that only works on spines. It's also imperative to have complete confidence in your doctor, even if it means you have to get more than one opinion.

    I wish you luck on your MRI and I can tell you that the wait between getting the MRI and discussing the results with a specialist seems like forever. That's probably one of the most difficult times because nobody can read that report or look at those films and tell you what's wrong and what treatment plan should be put in place but a qualified spine doc.

    Anyway, I hope you get to feeling better and that you can be treated with conservative measures.

    Take care adn please keep us posted.
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