Hello. I am new here and have done my reading and research, I hope what I am asking is not out of line for the forum. I have DDD, 3 herniations in my cervical spine alone (I am 32 yo) - lumbar and thoracic not imaged yet to determine the extent of damage at those levels. The worst herniation is at the C5-6 level- with an extruded left paramedian herniation that effaces the anterior thecal sac and causes mild spinal impingement. The other 2 herniations have not affected my spinal cord yet.
So, here's the issue. I have extreme right arm pain generating from my cervical spine (with swollen, tight sternocleidomastoid muscle and trapezius spasms). The right arm pain is severe, extends from my collar bone and shoulder down with progressive weakness, inflammation and tingling/numbness in my arm. I can't move my arm outward from my body more than a couple inches and it hurts to extend it fully as well. But... the MRI said my spinal cord impingement was on the left side. Should I believe the dr that said my arm pain is entirely from the herniations or should I seek a second opinion regarding brachial plexus or thoracic outlet issues? I don't see the neurosurgeon until Dec 7, if it is a brachial plexus injury, I'm worried it might get worse and not improve.
Again, I apologize. I understand this is a spine forum but I'm curious to hear other's experiences with radiculopathy from a herniated cervical disc. Is the wrong side being affected normal or should I be looking for other answers prior to my neurosurgeon visit? As an example, after typing these three paragraphs, I can no longer move my right hand and its in extreme pain and feels swollen and hot. I haven't seen that much weakness being a symptom of cervical radiculopathy. Has anyone else? Thanks.