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surgery?? or physical therapy

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
hello everyone,

I just recentely well over 4 months now started having neck, shoulder pain couldnt even lift my arm, numbness and weakness,pain down to my hand and fingers. i had mri in august said i had disc buldge c4-5 and disc herniation c6-7 with bony spurs, abnormal lesion c7 with measuring dont recall exactly. in the left nueral foriman. and shoulder had tendinopathy, rotary cuff tenidnitis, bicep synovitis, bursitis and some other things i didnt understand. mri said recommend mri with contrast.lost my insurance in august and just got new better insurance so since seen ortho doc my shoulder feels fine i told them just arm pain numbness. looked at mri from august and said abnormal mri c8 radiopathy said the herniation was blocking that nerve root,, referred to nuerosurgeon, he said they missed a finding on that mri and also noted herniation c7-t1 and need that mri with contrast to see if i need surgery. i asked if i can start physical therapy he said not until he sees a new mri that in a few months mri's can change. so still waiting for my insurance company to approve mri. its been a week no answer yet. then he said to see him that week. went friday to shoulder specialist that my pcd sent me to and had a trigger point injection in my shoulder even though i told him my shoulder got better. waste of $700.00 dollars, not an oxford carrier doc. but my pc doc insisted said it was a test to see if the pain was cervical or shoulder pain. well no relief at all. do you think it sounds like i may be looking at surgery also??? nervous now...


  • any help with sugggestions of anyone with similiar cervical problems. waiting on snswers from docs but waiting for 2nd mri approval before i can get some answer. i appreciate any help.

  • sorry to hear of all your issues with your insur to give u a go or no go for mri, that sucks andon top of that u are waiting in pain :S . did your docs say anything about spinal cord damage? glad to hear u have better insur now and also a ns, hope your ns is one of the best. i hope your pain meds can get u through until your mri. i myself only would use a back cracker for muscle problems only, i am not sure u are seeing one of those docs. i wish u well and will pray for u also.
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  • hello dawn,

    sounds as if your getting a real run of things,i am sorry.i thankyou for your reply and yes i understand how you are feeling,in december last year i started to feel neck shoulder pain and numbness in my arm,hand especially my little finger,my right side face was numb and headaches unbearable,an x-ray was done and showed nothing,but to my relief i had good summer but it has now returned with an avengence,my doctor is hard to convince considering my history.i am left pushing for mri to see in more detail what is wrong with me,i to am frightend of the outcome incase its more spinal trouble for me,your in my thoughts with being nervous incase your decision is surgery,you sound so strong in how you have come this far you are amongst friends here and i will gladly reply to any of your pm's
  • YOU KNOW WHATS WIERD I ASKED ALL THE DOCTORS I SEEN AND EVEN ON THIS FORUM AND IM GLAD WE POSTED TODAY BECAUSE THE PAIN ITSELF TO ME IS NOT AS BAD AS THE OTHER THINGS. I GET NUMBNESS IN MY LEFT SIDE OF MY FACE TOO SINCE THIS NECK PROBLEM AND NUMBNESS IN MY PINKY AND RING FINGER LEFT SIDE. AND THE FACE NUMBNESS SCARES ME ALOT. EVEN THOUGH I HAD IT FOR A WHILE I ALWAYS THINK I AM HAVING A STROKE CAUSE IT FEELS SO WIERD. YOURS IS PAIN OR NUMBNESS? ITS MY CHEEK ONCE IN A BLU MY EYE FEELS LIKE IT TEARS AALITTLE AND LEFT TINGLE IN LIPS BUT MOSTLY CHEECK THE ARM AND FINGER THING SEEMS CONSTANT. be careful whst you do until you get an mri cause all the docs and specialist cant explain the face thing well yet.. but thy woulnt even let me do physical therapy until they see my 2nd mri with contrast results. the nuerosurgeon said i dont care about the lower back or sciatica or shoulder pain at this time. when the cervical spine is involved its more critical to get to the problem immediately. well just waiting for insurance to improve new mri then i go back to the nuero to see what he says. he said he needs to see if there are any changes since august my last mri and i just seen the nuero the 1st time last week so that mri is to old he said we need to see if you need surgery. im afraid of surgery so i am getting alot of opinions meanwhile.

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