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3 back surgeries and now numbness in hands

I am new to site and I think I know what I need to do but I am dragging my feet. You see I have had 3 lower back surgeries since 2008. 1st one for a ruptured disc. 2nd spinal fusion through front. Oh boy was that a fun one....NOT! 3rd one for bone and ligament removal around spine at 4th and 5th vertebrae. Now, a few months ago I sneezed really hard of all things and something in upper back around shoulder blades area it felt like my spine popped and at the moment of sneeze like the spine protruded out. I have done it a couple times since but now have pain all the time and now at night sleeping on either side my hands go numb. I had an xray that stated I had moderate wear and tear. What does that mean? I am also noticing that my little finger and ring finger are tingly.My last Dr. which is a Neurosurgeon is getting pretty old and really hard to communicate with. What do I do? I have Stenosis and I am wondering if it is working its way up my back?


  • tran92ttran92 Posts: 183
    edited 01/14/2014 - 7:24 AM
    i too get the numbness in both hands at night. depending on how i am sleeping depends on if its the thumb and 1st two fingers or if its my ring and pinky finger. but just for good measure, sometimes its all 5 fingers. i know i need to see someone about it, my big problem is who?

    i already had 2 spinal fusions, one cervical. do i go back to my surgeon thinking this is coming from my neck? a hand specialist, since its in my hands, or a shoulder specialist since the compression could be there too? i'm sure i'll need an MRI of my neck and an EMG but where do i start? i'm sick to death of going to my general orthopedist, he'll just send me off to a specialist. and i don't feel like dealing with my surgeon if i don't have to. but by the same token, i'm pretty sure the problem isn't actually in my hands, thats just the spot that goes numb.

    if anyone has any opinions on which doc to start with, i'd love to hear them.
    Microdisectomy / hemi-laminectomy 6/2010 and revision 10/2010
    Cervical fusion C4-5 and C5-6 9/2011
    Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 6/2012
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