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appointment news

lavenderthistlellavenderthistle Posts: 23
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Appointment with the PA today

The X-ray showed 3 compressed discs, the most compressed should be causing numbness in my thumb according to the PA. She said my cervical spine was lined up well, the three discs on the bottom look rather squished down.

I have another appointment. Next Monday they are doing an MRI to see why I'm feeling numbness where I shouldn't be. The numbness is in my last 2 fingers, because I don't feel pain normally she can't decide if it's coming from my neck or elbow. She is having me sleep with a towel wrapped around my elbow in a desperate attempt to prevent me from sleeping oddly. She said the finger involvement could be cubital tunnel syndrome, thus the MRI and towel thingy.

She said that there was arthritis...is that the same as the narrowed disc space? What generally happens from here;is this good news or not so good news? What exactly does "rest" mean in this case?




  • Hello Lavender....Well it sounds like she has got you on the right road to narrow things down!

    I am sorry that you are going through all of this but I will keep you in my prayers!! I am sorry that I dont have any advice or info for you...I wish I did!!
  • So far so good...she's recommending therapy for one month then a check, if it doesn't help then they talk surgery

    degenerative changes C4/5 C5/6 C6/7 nerves are being compressed at C5/6 and C6/7 Still no explanation for numbness along ring and little fingers. My chiropractor said that was due to the scalene syndrome, I am not sure if spine center people recognize scalene syndrome as a real thing.

    I've had therapy for knee issues but never for neck issues...I think this might ache a bit :) oh well at least it's good news
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  • Thistle,

    Howdy! I'm glad to see that your doctors are staying on top of everything for you. Has your doctor set you up for an NCV/EMG yet to isolate what nerves (and from where) are being affected?

    Having been down that road, if they are feeling that your Ulnar (pinkie and half of your ring finger) is trapped in your elbow, the NCV/EMG might confirm neuropathy from your elbow. One of the conservative treatments they had me do until they figured surgery was needed (see my profile), I bought a comfortable but fairly rigid brace for my arm to sleep in. I was told to avoid crossing my arms, leaning on my elbow (like when on the phone), resting my arm on chairs etc.

    They are probably focusing that way due to your MRI doesn't appear to have involvement of your C8 (C7/T1) nerve in your neck. Please let us know what you find out. Until I *did* start losing my C8 in my neck, the surgery to transpose my Ulnar was a 99.9% success. I say that because the only feeling I did not get back by a year out of that surgery, was the very tip and outer corner of my ring finger. :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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