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neck problem causing numbness of left hand fingers

charleneccharlene Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:45 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
My father inlaw who I am visiting in cyprus has been suffering with pain in his shoulder and left arm for several weeks and has now lost the feeling in his little finger and thumb on his left hand and his muscle in that arm seems to have gone weak he is also got lost the muscle in between his thumb and for-finger which now looks like hanging skin rather than firm, he went privately for an MRI Scan and the doctors told him he must go straight back to England for an operation as he has something wrong within his neck causing nerve problems and is very serious he could be paralysed and die during this operation they say he must have but can't perform in cyprus, and if he doesn't have it done the chances of him being paralysed are very high can anyone help me out and tell me what the problem is and or if the have heard of anything like this.

Thank you.


  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    I sure hear desperation in your post - I'm sorry for you and your father-in-law.

    In our necks (cervical spine) we can develop herniated discs or bone spurs (osteophytes) that can indent the sac that surrounds the spinal cord and in some cases, it's so bad that the discs or spurs press on the spinal cord itself causing radiculopathy (radiating symptoms such as muscle spasms, numbness, tingling and/or weakness in the arms, etc.).

    I am not a doctor and don't know what the situation is with regards to your FIL, but wanted to explain to you what can happen in our cervical spines. This may be what's happening to him, but like I said, it's up to the doctor to make that finding.

    Follow the doctor's advice and go to back to England to the doctor he is suggesting. After reading the MRI, he evidently feels there's a serious situation that need immediate attention, so do as he says.

    I've had the problems that I've described, so what I'm telling you is from my experience. But in all cases, it's best to follow the doctors orders.

    Take care and please keep us posted.

  • I am sorry that you are having such a worrying time with your father in law. Compression of the spinal cord in the neck can be very serious and cause paralysis. Have you read the articles on this site about neck problems? Click on 'Conditions' at the top of this page, and then click on 'neck pain'.

    Your father in law should definately return to England to see a surgeon immediately.

    I hope that things will get sorted very soon.
    Please do let us know how things turn out. :-)
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  • My father was seeing his cardiologist and noticed his left hand was sunken, like drying up. He was referred to a neurologist, they're going to perform some hand test next week. They think he has atrophy. Ask Dr. after you get MRI results also.
    It can also be herniated disk in his neck, like what
    I have. Around the C6/7, C7/T1.

    Good Luck! It is best to be informed before any dr. visit.
    Anita Anguiano
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