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intense arm pain

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am new to this forum and was hoping to find some direction. I have been suffering with back pain caused by a cervical issue for well over one year. It has become very intense since last November. I have DDD at C5-C6 and C6-c7 with a bone spur impinging the theca with mass cord effect. I have had right arm radiculpathy (?sp?) since at least November.

I had a fall about a 1 month ago and then took a friendly *smack* between my shoulder blades from a brother.

I have been up all night and my right arm is in agony. There is so much numbness and it feels totally restless ike I can't put it any position and feel comfortable. I have taken a couple of morphine tablets every 4 hrs and it still isn't killing the pain.

They also recently found something on a MRI at T5-T6 also. It could be a herniated disc or an arachnoid cyst.

My question is: When does it become an emergency and something needs to be done immediately? I am waiting on an appointment with a neurosurgeon (in Canada so our system works a little different) but what if it can't wait!

Any answers would be helpful.

Seeking Bliss


  • Geez, aren't we all?

    Anyhoo, welcome to Spine-Health. I had the same issue only with my left arm. I'm not a doctor so I can't give you any medical advice, just my opinion, but I know that one of the signs of an emergency is incontinence and/or loss of bowel control. Your arm pain is certainly very, very difficult to deal with. Have you tried icing it and putting a band around your arm just below the elbow? That seemed to help my arm.

    I hope you get to see your neurosurgeon soon, though, because you don't want any permanent damage. As an FYI, the pain in my arm and the numbness and tingling were gone immediately after surgery.

    Take care and keep us updated.
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