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New C7 radiculopathy caused from large amount Extruded disc material

Asil65AAsil65 Posts: 112
edited 03/27/2015 - 7:41 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello All,
I am new to this site and have to say what a wonderful resource it has been to me in my understanding of my acute diagnosis. Thank you to whomever worked on the main site. The videos and descriptions are so well done. Thank you!
I am 49 fairly active enjoy skiing , hiking softball and happen to be a part Physical therapist. I had a fall 3 weeks ago landing hard on my back(ice). No resulting neck pain whatsoever. Woke up next morning at 5 am turned to me right side in bed and had the most unbelievable pain in my left mid scapular area and pectoral region. I immediately thought I was having a heart attack. After a sub standard experience in the ER they ruled out it was not a heart attack and suggested I see an orthopedist with a spine focus. More sub standard care poor pain management, They did order and MRI and finally got into to see a well respected neuro surgeon.
I was shocked when I saw my MRI report as I have never really had any major issues with neck or arm pain. Multiple disc protrusions between 3 discs fairly smaller in nature from C3-4, C4-5, C5--6 and a herniated disc with with a large amount of extruded material along my left ventral aspect of spinal nerve and into the neural foramen. Things have calmed down a bit with Prednisone( tapering meds now) and stonger pain meds, tons of ice and finally better rest.
I have significant weakness in my left triceps and some numbness in my left thumb and 1st two fingers. Just wondering how long it takes before you can regain strength in your triceps after inflammation improves in the spinal nerve? Also is there enough extra space in the cervical region to just let those pieces of extruded material slowly dissolve over time? I know there is more area in the lumbar spine and had read that the disc material does not tend to aggravate the nerve roots .
I understand that no one on the site is a Doctor but was just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience or can offer me any further info. Thank you,

I was shocked to see the results of my MRI as I have rarely ever had much trouble with my neck our arms. I have multiple levels in my C spine with posterior disc protrusions c-3-4, c-4-5,c 5-6 but at c6-7 is where the disc has completely herniated and extruded and there are 3 large pieces of disc material along the left ventral cervical cord.
I have pretty


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 03/27/2015 - 7:42 AM
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