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Pick an Arm

deloriearddeloriear Posts: 19
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:39 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
For the past 2 years I have had pain and tingling down my left arm. Sort of got used to it. Now, the pain is radiating down my right arm, and I can feel pain on my actual lower neck. I have DDD. Do you think this is progression of the DDD or something else may be wrong. My NS seems agitated when patients go there "unecesarily". I just wanted to get some thoughts before I made any appointments. I'm one of those people who are in pain and the NS says...Your MRI shows its in beginning stages so it shouldn't be that bad. Well, what it should be and what it is are different in my case. But, as usual I'm sure I'll get the routine suggestion of PT, which hurts me when they do it, or surgery. I guess I am putting off surgery b/c so many Dr's I talk to tell me to do whatever I possibly can before deciding on Spinal surgery. Any thoughts?


  • Same thing happened to me. I had severe loss of strentgh in my left arm and shoulder. Went to a nurologist who ran a emg. He said it was early stenosis and that it wouldn't get any worse. Well, it did. I went to my primary care doc and when she saw the degree of atrophy, she sent me to a NS. He ran cervical mylogram. My spinal cord was over half way compressed. Had a cervical corpectomy 8 weeks ago. Prognosis is good for regaining strength. I would seek second opinion. Get it addressed early.
    Good luck.
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