34 year old male
5’7” 150 lbs
I have been lurking around here for about two weeks now looking for similar cases like mine. I have to admit there are some strong willed people here and you guys are an inspiration to a lot.
My story, I woke up just about 6 weeks ago with terrible pains in my upper back, shoulder and down my arm, all left side and tricep and chest weakness. 10/10 pain, you all know of it! After going to the ER and seeing a doc, I was referred to a chiropractor. Spent 4 days in a row of neck cracking and pulling that only made it worse and put me back in the ER. After a few weeks I finally saw my primary doc (was on vacation) and he saw the symptoms and led me in the right direction. Saw a surgeon, got the MRI and learned I had a broad based herniation left side of C6-7 and a mild herniation at C5-6. All said no cord compression.
The surgeon recommended surgery ACDF C6-7 because of the dramatic weakness. (I was an avid cyclist and was able, no kidding to do 90-100 pushups in a row). The days immediately following the pain I was not able to do 5.
Second opinion from another highly accredited surgeon was to wait after the steroids (Dexamethasone) and see how you feel????? OK I’ll do that. Five weeks pass and a few days off the drugs and no pain has returned except a little burning in the back of the left shoulder when I flex and a little strength gain, I can do 15 pushups now but still weak.
HOWEVER, And this part is F****** with me, for the last 2 ½ weeks I have had numbness in my right leg, mostly knee down with a wee little pain on the top of my right Bum. All numbness goes away when asleep. When I awake for the first few minutes my legs are fine. I think of my issue and within 5 minutes of waking up I feel the numbness. I HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING MAJOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION!!!!! Yesterday for the first time I felt a weird weakness in my right arm, When I lift it up it kind of feels like shaky. WTF!
It has been about 6 weeks now since this all started and I was wondering if anyone else has been through the same crazy symptoms from a Cervical herniation. What was your results after surgery and or conservative treatments??
Thanks for reading my LONG post, I hope you made it this far!