Hi, I am new to this site. I have a c3-4 moderate right formal disc osteophyte with spurring and disc protrusion encroaching upon c4 nerve root, and I have a c5-6 broad right protrusion touching right anterior aspect of the cord, in a position to irritate c6 nerve root.there is also a mild edema in the articulating endplated, right more than left. my pain started in my thumb and forearm on my right arm, then moved up to the outside of my arm and is also in my neck. my thumb is better. I have a large spasm in my shoulder. this has been going on for 6 months. My question is this...for those of you who have c3-4 or c5-6 issues, what exactly does the pain in your arm feel like, and what part of the arm do you feel it in? Mine feels like sore, aching muscles, and I tend to massage my forearm and upper arm to release the pain. Ice also makes it feel temporarily better. I also get this pain in my left arm periodically. I have seen numerous doctors, and some are saying that this is myofacial pain or a repetitive strain, but one Dr is saying that this is all from the c5-6 and that I need surgery. I have tried PT, rest, ice, heat, ibuprofin, muscle relaxants, nerve pain medication, massage, and I still have this aching pain in my neck down to my forearm. it's more annoying than unbearable, but I would love to know how other people would descirbe their arm pain. several Dr's told me that if this pain were from my c5-6 disc, that I would have shooting or stabbing pain, which I don't, but that one Dr believes this is all from C5-6. I had a tingling sensation only 1 or 2 times briefly in my right forearm. any input would be great. I would hate to jump to surgery if this is not needed. This has been a frusterating and overhwelming 6 months trying to get some answers and I would love to mitigate the pain. Getting different opinions from different doctors is concerning and I'm not sure which one is right.