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Cold hand and pricking sensation

doofddoof Posts: 131
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:19 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I had a 2 level ADR at the end of March (C5-6 and 6-7), all has gone well up until about a month ago when I started to get new symptons.

I was waking up in the night unable to feel my little and ring fingers on what was my good hand (right), this hasn't happened so much recently but I wonder if I'm just sleeping through it. I also get a cold sensation across the back of my hand and today it crept up my forearm. It is painful for me to write more than a couple of sentences and I also find I'm stopping in the middle of words, I have to really think hard to continue. This is a real concern for me, I can't describe what it is like, I know what I want to write but have to concentrate so hard to get the letters out - they used to just roll out the end of the pen without any effort. On top of this I get a pricking feeling down my forearm .............. what is going on?

I've just come back from 2 weeks of physio, manipulation at T3-5 resulted in quite a bit of pain, along with my 1st rib - I had no idea they started so high up!!

I'm waiting for an EMG test but was just wondering if anyone here can shed any light on these symptons.



  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    Hey Sandra,
    Wait for the results of your EMG test to see what results. I had a multi-level
    ACDF and I had the numbness/tingling/prickling sensation pre-op and I still
    have it almost a year post-op. I do have Raynauds disease probably due to my severe OA that makes my hands cold especially my left in temps that are
    50 degree's F. and below. My left shoulder, arm, and hand can become painful & numb especially if my head is tipped forward. I find if I tip my head
    backwards I can usually get rid of the numbness within a short amount of time. Hope this may help you some.
  • Hey Doof,
    Long time no chat. Anyway the cold feeling is what initial led me to the emergency room after my accident. In the beginning my hand and arm turned so cold and some visuals signs signs in color as well. That color soon turned to extreme pain. Make sure your surgeon is completely aware of this. Also a EMG is not always reliable. That information should be used in combination with other test such as physical exams and MRI, CT and x-rays. I sure feel for you when it comes down to knowing what you want to say but it just doesn't seem to come out. Have they taken any films of your c-spine since your surgery> I hope things get better for you keep us posted on the results of the emg.
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  • Thanks for your replies. I haven't had any films done since surgery, I don't think the NHS do them as a matter of routine (cut backs etc). My understanding is that if the patient seems to think they are ok then they must be. Sad but true.

    I'm not sure when the EMG tests are going to happen yet, I'm still stuck in the waiting, waiting, waiting phase - ho hum. The symptons aren't getting any better, I was at work this morning and I went through the whole range of tingling, cold and pricking sensations from my elbow to my fingertips. It isn't pain as such - just uncomfortable and a bit worrying to say the least. I didn't have much pain prior to my cervical surgery but the surgeon said it was 'like the dark side of the moon in there' and that both both discs definitely required replacing. So my pain levels don't really relate to the potential seriousness of what's happening.

    Anyway, I'll let you know as and when I get some answers. Hope you are both doing well - take care.

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