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Suspected heart attack turns out to be my spine?
Hi I'm new here and feeling very relieved to of found you.
In June 2014 my sudden onset of symptoms led me to being admitted into a cardiac unit. I had every test known to man and thankfully everything was okay.
My symptoms were sudden: feeling of crushing in my chest and acute chest pain when laying on my right side. A squeezing feeling down my left arm. My arm starts to feel very hot as though I've got severe sun burn. The on and off symptoms in my arm are electric shock like pains, numbness in my ring and little finger, pain in those fingers as well as along the thumb and the thumb part of the hand. Pain in the underside of my left breast when laying on my left side. Severe pain in my elbows that wakes me up at night as well as both hands forming into a painful claw at night. Permanent symptoms are severe weakness of the left arm and fingers of the left hand. I also have a permanent tingling along the left side of my upper lip. A sore spot on my upper outer left arm that came on suddenly. Its incredibly painful if I accidentally rub it on something and sometimes it feels like I have lightning bolts shooting through it. I had no neck pain during my time in hospital or during the onset of these symptoms, this came a few months later and knocked me for six. The neck pain has now subsided but the pain and problems with my left arm are getting progressively worse.
Its taken up until now for them to do a cervical MRI and the results of that are degenerate narrowed intervertebral discs at C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7. There is disc bulging and marginal osteophyte formation. No intrinsic spinal cord disease can be seen. However, there are foraminal stenoses to the right side of C4/5, bilaterally at C5/6 and bilaterally, though worse on the left at C6/7. I see the spinal surgeon on the 21st Jan.
I have no idea what to expect or what they can do. Look as I might, I can't find anyone who is suffering this that has severe arm weakness. I can honestly cope with the aches and pains in my neck because medication relieves it but it doesn't take away the symptoms in my arm. Because of the line of work I'm in, I haven't been able to work this winter (I'm an Alpinist). My biggest worry is, this weakness has been going on too long and getting progressively worse. Will it be too late to remedy this? or can nerves recover even when they have been suffering for 7 months ?