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Herniated Cervical Spine

CwoodenCCwooden Posts: 1
edited 02/18/2015 - 9:42 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm hoping that someone can help me with this. I injured my neck back in December and since then I've had an x-ray and an MRI that shows that I have a herniated disc in my cervical spine.i've gone through physical therapy which didn't help and I'm currently scheduled for an EMG. since the injury I've had continued weakness and numbness in both of my arms and hands.

Today I had an appointment with my primary doctor who asked me to do a simple range of head movements to check my range of motion. About a half an hour afterwards I was almost completely unable to move my neck and I'm still in excruciating pain. Minikes stiff painful and I'm hunched over like I was right after I injured it. I asked my primary doctor what I should do and he said to call the orthopedic doctor. I called the orthopedic doctor who was closed and they said they didn't take messages of that nature. Is this something that needs to go to the emergency room or should I just wait it out? I don't want to make a mountain out of a mole hill but it's freaking me out that I can't move again.


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  • Those are symptoms of a nerve injury. I suspect you are headed down a long path of trial and error. It is difficult to give advice for these things because you often don't know the answer until the end. And being only two months out it is too soon for someone to recommend a seeing a pain doctor for long term narcotics and a neurosurgeon to do an ACDF. I can tell you what will happen in a surgery scenario but you aren't there yet and you could be one of the people that heals and never aggravates it again. So for now I would advise doing the following:

    Keep a daily spreadsheet in which you document your pain and numbness level three times a day
    On that same spreadsheet record when and what medicines that you take
    Request the next step up each time you visit the doctor if the previous level of care failed
    Learn to function with narcotics, they can be a career saver, just be sure to follow the rules on them
    Keep a folder with all of your case notes and tests in it
    Pick one doctor to stick with you all the way, it may need to be your primary care doctor. At some point he or she will not be calling the shots but its always good to have an advocate in your corner.

    Good luck,

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