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Nerve Damage

TrublueTTrublue Posts: 35
edited 09/17/2015 - 1:50 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
physical therepy set off nerve problems

after a lot of contemplation,
i agreed to a 2nd appointment with the physical therapist?
i figured they caused
so 20 days after they accidentally caused the new symptoms: debilitating nerve pain in my left shoulder, shoulder blade, chest, arm, wrist and hand with numbness to my thumb & fingers.
i went back.

i walked in using my cane, i rolled out in a wheelchair, left arm in a sling, cervical collar on my neck. morphine prescription increased.
during the examination,
i heard a few words and terms that were new to me, and may help me understand my issues
drs don't know or won't tell?

dermatome ?

photos show my pain rout c-5! and c-6&7
note my latest mri @ bottom of page for correlation .

spurling test?


myelopathy and radiculopathy


she documented quite a bit and kept referencing books while on hold with insurance to see if i was covered for an in-home cervical traction machine

at the end of the appointment she said, i tried everything i could think of i'm sorry i was unable to help you! today.
3 days later i suffered the worst pain in 5 months?
i was better off before pt ever touched me..
my post operative pt care consisted of 2 in home visits. i should of been sent to rehabe
as i live alone. post op care could of prevented my current condition?

mri cervical spine without and with gadolinium
status post 10/23/13 cervical posterior spinal resection of
intramedullary tumor at c2-c3.
pathology: hemangioblastoma , who grade i.mn

impression **:
1. postsurgical changes at the c2 and c3 levels, unchanged from
8/16/14. no mass or enhancing lesion.
2. mild to moderate spinal canal stenosis at c6-c7 with slight
flattening of the spinal cord. this appears slightly increased
from the prior.
3. neural foraminal narrowing from c2-c3 to c6-c7, worst at c6-c7,moderate to severe.

welcome to spine-health

one of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. it is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. this is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.

so many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. the more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, the fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

here are some questions that you should answer:
  • - when did this first start? . year, your age, etc
- was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- what doctors have you seen? (orthopedic, neurosurgeon, spine specialist, etc)
  • . which doctor did you start with? ie primary care physician . who are you currently seeing?
- what conservative treatments have you had? which ones?
  • . physical therapy . ultrasound / tens unit . spinal injections . acupuncture . massage therapy
- what diagnostic tests have you had? and their results (mri, ctscan, xray, emg, etc)
  • . summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them . how many different tests have you had over the years? similar results?
- what medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
  • . name of medication . how long have you been using this? . results
- has surgery been discussed as an option? (if so, what kind)
- is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- what is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

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what could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
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it is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). it is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

i’ve had this for years, it hurts, i cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should i get?

diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. in many ways it’s like a game of clue. especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. the doctor is like a detective. they need clues to help them move along. so, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. that is like it is here. without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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--- ron dilauro, spine-health system moderator : 09/17/15 07:50est

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