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HELP! Median nerve pain after CESI

NitrocoupeNNitrocoupe Posts: 1
edited 10/07/2013 - 4:34 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi, being new I hope that I follow the rules and get the right information into this post. I am/was a police officer. On 9/292012 I was in an MVA in which a subject running from law enforcement t-boned my patrol car at 98mph. I had torn cartilage, ligaments and tendons in both knees. Torn tendon and dead bone in my right elbow. MRI of my neck showed C4-C5 pronounced annular bulging of the left neural foramen with encroachment upon left C5 cervical nerve within the foramen.
C5-C6 reads almost identical. C6-C7 says annular bulging very pronounce in left posterolateral vector this produces moderate spinal canal stenosis. It not only effaces the CSF space dorsal lay and centrally but displaces and rotates the cord. Also produces severe stenosis of left neural foramen with certain encroachment upon C7 cervical nerve and moderate stenosis of the right neural foramen.

Since my question is about my neck I won't even get I to my lower back. Everything above is Greek to me and the comp doctor just tells me it is degenerative changes in me and there is nothing he can do to help and my neck pain, upper back pain, arm numbness and headaches should not be happening with what I stayed above. I have gone through a pain management program and have done most of the last year staying away from pain meds.

Today I went in for a second CESI in my neck. First one was in May and offered very little relief. This time he asked me to tell him if I felt any tingling and all of a sudden I felt a shock like a taser from the tips of my fingers in right hand to my neck and down my back. Then it went away. All of a sudden I felt the most god awful pressure on the inside of my arma the way into my hand. The closest thing I can describe it to be was be as if my brachial artery was about to explode. By the time I told him what was happening he was pulling off the sheet and said we are done. I told him how bad my arm hurts and he walked out. It is now 12 hours later and I am having terrible pain in my right arm, my right upper back,(shoulder blade area) and through my wrist. I can hardly move my fingers. It feels like someone is driving a stake through my wrist. I am really concerned about this and would like to know if this is normal? ( it didn't happen in my last injection or either of the two in my lower back) should I give this a few days and see what happens? Is it important to get it looked at now? In the morning? I just don't want something to be wrong and me not do anything and cause per many damage etc. this has been a rough year and any help with any of this would be great fully appreciated!


  • Is this a workman comp DR and what is his specialty. I would get a second opinion with an ortho spine or neurologist. Don't ask for a referral from either the comp Dr or PM. Do a web search and find one in your area, or ask around if you know someone. Get a CD with your MRI results and bring them so they can give an independent evaluation.
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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