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help! cervical prolapse, plus past history of l5/s1 discectomy

NettyjNNettyj Posts: 2
edited 08/06/2015 - 5:53 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi all, I'm new here, but not new to spinal issues.
I have cauda equina syndrome from the above rupture in my back, which happened in 2006.
Ive a history of neck pain. Things came to a head in April, when I lost a lot of feeling/strength in my right arm. After a catalogue of mistakes and lost paperwork, I finally got to see my neuro surgeon around 2 or 3 weeks back. By then the initial pain had subsided, but the numbness and lack of movement persisted.
The neuro referred me for an urgent MRI, which I have coming up in the 18th of this month.
But. Over the course of the past 2 weeks or so, ive noticed an increase in loss of strength in my legs and the pain in my arm returned, albeit not as severely as it was in April. The neurological symptoms are also getting more of an issue.
It got so bad, that last Tuesday, my husband took me to a&e. Our local healthboard only have orthopaedics and not neurosurgeons, but the orthos offered to admit me. I didn't see the point, because i know from past experience, they wont get involved, because I'm under a neuro surgeon in a different hospital. They agreed with this, and let me home on condition I went to the other hospitals a&e dept the following morning. They told me not to be fobbed off and return to them, if I didn't get sorted.
So I went. After a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, the a&e doctor did a half hearted neuro exam and said I was just still within the same category, as the neuro surgeon had put me in and therefore it didn't warrant the mri being done sooner. But to go back if things get any worse.
Sorry for the long post, but I don't know if I am worrying over nothing, or wether I am quite justified in being concerned about the deterioration, especially now as today I am having real difficulties climbing up and down the stairs.
What do I do? Sit tight and wait for the mri, and hope that all this isn't going to be permanent, or go back and make a nuisance of myself?
I really would be grateful to hear your thoughts.
Many thanks

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  • Hi, thanks, I realise no one is medically qualified and I'm not asking for a medical opinion. I'm just asking if it were you, would you be concerned enough to go back, or happy to just wait and see?
    Ive just driven to take my daughters to swimming and I was struggling to hold my arm up to hold the steering wheel. Im getting really alarmed by it all.
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    As you state, you are having symptoms and you feel alarmed, and from your description, I think with precious cargo in the car with you.

    If your issues involved only yourself and with you being safe, you could risk the wait and see.
    But with driving, your waiting could harm youself and or others. In my opinion.
    As the function of your arm is at times out of your control, you can't predict you will always be able to compensate for it.

    Whenever concerned, I notify doctor. Doctor is only one to assess, guide and or reassure you.
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