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Worried about something worse.

Dual_CoRedDDual_CoRed Posts: 2
edited 02/19/2014 - 12:51 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello all. Three weeks ago I went to work and noticed a drastic strength loss in my right bicep when trying to lift a box (about 30%). In 2007, I hurt my neck and experienced the same loss of strength in the same arm, though the strength came back in about a month. I had another MRI last week, and it shows a herniated C5 and C6. However, this time I'm noticing little muscle spasms in various places on my body (arms, legs, back and even face). Although my chiro saw the disk on the MRI, and I went through this before, the muscle spasms have me concerned about some sort of neuro disorder like ALS. My wrist extensor muscles are also weak, but my hands and grip feel ok. I'm not dropping anything or tripping. My legs feel fine. Has anybody had muscle spasms as a result of a herniated disk? Any info would be much appreciated.


  • Tired of the painTTired of the pain Posts: 197
    edited 02/19/2014 - 3:05 PM
    Simple answer yes! But don't leave it at that, go see a neurologist or check out a symptom list. Do you have neurological issues in your family history? If so it is even more important.
  • Dual_CoRedDDual_CoRed Posts: 2
    edited 02/19/2014 - 3:44 PM
    Thx for the answer. No neuro issues in the family. It's got to be the herniated disk. Its a C6 herniation, which affects the bicep and wrist extensor muscles, which are the only muscles that are effected right now. I just am thrown off by the muscle spasms.
  • Whenever there is a problem in the spine, muscle spasms can occur. It does not usually indicate a new pathology. The spasms are secondary to the spinal problem, in your case a herniated disc. IIRC it is the bodies way of trying to protect itself/ stabilise the spine.
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