hi all. i did a search, but all the info given was from people that had surgery, and i have not. just wondering if i could get some more info from people.
i recently had an MRI that showed mild diffuse disc bulging from c4-7, with moderate bi-lateral foraminal narrowing at all these levels.
the numbness in my fingers (along with pain), is what prompted me to get things checked out.
well, along with the numbness (that now is going further and further up both arms), i've developed shoulder pain, and what i am calling "frozen" shoulder.
i am waking up in the mornings (and all throught he night), barely able to move my arms, because of the pain in my shoulders. i am also having trouble with driving because i cannot lift up my arms without causing extreme pain in my shoulders.
i am only seeing a family doctor right now, because i do not have insurance, and have been getting charity care at the hospital for the testing.
my doctor thinks that the numbness is coming from carpal tunnel (which i do have, but this feels different). i really think the numbness is coming from the foraminal stenosis.
the symptoms i'm having started after a fall i had over 3 months ago,and i feel like they are only getting worse.
can anyone that has had problems in their cervical spine, tell if these symptoms appear "normal"?
i go to see my family doctor again on Monday,and i am trying to gather as much info as possible to maybe lead him in a different direction, than the carpal tunnel.
are there any other tests that can be done, to maybe show more? i've just had the regular xray and mri without contrast. would the contrast help more?
i'd appreciate any help anyone could give me, on the shoulder pain, increasing numbness, and alternative testing.
thanks alot...... Autumn