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Me and my weird symptoms

backyarder1bbackyarder1 Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone. I have been having miscellaneous weird symptoms for several years now (at least 4) and I am wondering if they can be related to disk dessication and disk bulging.

Symptoms include: leg weakness, tingling in arms or legs, mild neck pain, headaches, racing heart (not sure if that is related), poor memory, chest pains, flank pains.

I have probably gone to 10 doctors and they all end up saying it must be nerves or depression. However, I am certain that it is something physical.

I had a MRI of my cervical spine and it says that I have severe DDD C5-C6, moderate disc osteophyte complex formation C5-6, c6-7, moderate disc bulging C4-5 and severe neural foraminal encroachment.

I HATE having to do my own research on this (I mean, I think the doctors should do the research). But to ME, these things all seem like they could be causing my symptoms.

Does anyone have any similar experience with their cervical spine?


  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find others whom have taken a long journey to get a diagnoses of what is going on. The one thing you need to keep in mind is your condition could be two independent situations causing your problem. For example your arm issues might be related to your neck, which is called radiculopathy. While your leg issues could be related to your lumbar, or something else. Although leg issues can most certainly come from cervical spine issues, but it is not the norm, unless there is cord involvement. There is a condition called myelopathy which could be in play here, but only a doctor would be able to diagnoses. Have you had a EMG done, and if so what body parts?

    What kind of doctor ordered the MRI? If you have not seen a spine specialist I think it would be worth your while. If you have seen one then I would get a second opinion. You can either choose a orthopedic surgeon whom has a fellowship in spines or a nuerosurgeon, that deals with spinal issues. I am not suggesting you need surgery, they need to be the judge of that, but they can also point you in the right direction.

    What types of treatments have you tried so far. One thing I have always found helpful is to journal my symptoms and pain. Many times we can be talking about the current issues and not what is the bigger problem that is reoccurring all the time. The journal lets you get at the most important symptoms. I would use those symptoms to describe to the doctor. Keep in mind doctors can only take care of a few things at a time. So if your arms are the worst issues I would most certainly talk about them most. To have cervical spine issues, you don't necessarily have to have pain in your neck. Also have you had a complete spine MRI? Are you currently taking any medications and if so what? What medications have you tried in the past.

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. If there is anything I can do, don't hesitate to pm me. Take care and look forward to reading more of your post.
  • Thanks so much for the reply. I haven't had any treatments because none of the doctors I have gone to have found a reason for any of my symptoms. Every single one of them has come back to pretty much saying "its all in my head" - either they think it is stress, or depression or menopause.

    The most disquieting symptoms are very weak legs - almost like I could fall down, and tingly/numbness in my arms and lately even in my face. My concern, of course, was that I was having a stroke (TIA), but the doctors don't think that was the case.

    They have done EKGs for the heart palpitations and bloodwork to rule out thyroid or any other obviously deficiencies. I'm just grasping at straws to think that it could be related to the cervical spine issues.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I had severe stenosis at c4,5,and 6. Here were my symptoms. Tingling in my arms, bad elbow pain,loss of balance, dizziness, headaches along with neck pain. Have you seen a spine specialist? Your MRI does show issues going on but only a doctor can interpret them.If you have not seen a neurosurgeon yet see if you can get a appointment just to go over your MRI.If you have get a second opinion. Keep us posted.
  • Thanks Susan. We are getting ready to go out of town so I will go to a doctor when we get back. The tingling and weak legs are kind of scary, though.
  • Those symptoms you need to explain to a spine specialist. The tingling in your arms and weakness(some may call it heavy legs), that you are feeling. Those are symptoms of the cervical spine. When I first started this venture, I had those symptoms, but couldn't understand how it could relate to my cervical spine. Of course now I know much more, and have a deeper understanding. You might want to read up on cervical stenosis and also look at a dermatone map and see if any of your arm issues are related to the section of the spine your MRI discusses. But I think for you to get proper treatment you are going to need to get hooked up with a spine specialist. In the FAQ section, at the top of the page, is a link that discuss preparing to meet with a spine specialist.

    Hopefully your symptoms won't be to bothersome and you can enjoy going out of town. But when you return I would be looking for a spine specialist.
  • Thanks. I'm even thinking that the cervical spine problem might even be related to my "foggy thinking" and blurry vision. I read that cervical spine stenosis can cause limited blood flow to your brain, which seems like it could cause almost anything.
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