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C5/C6 - Chest Pain? - Better after Fusion?
Im a new member of the site. I really liked the way all of you support each other bringing in their experiences. So now i want to inbtroduce myself and also ask a question.
I am a 40 year old guy, MD. I live in Europe. About a year ago after some horrible pain in the shoulders and arms as well as numbness an MRI was performed an a protrusion of the disk at C5/C6 was found. Also Spondylophites compressing the C6 roots on both sides. Conservative Treatment was kind of successfull at first but now things are worse again. Especially burning pain. I am beeing told to try more conservative treatment , for wich i was started on Pregabalin. As of now i am watching the results and wonder wether i should ask for surgery. (Anterior fusion).
Now to my question:
Besides the Arm, Neck and Head pain i also have reccurent episodes of pain in my chest. Sometimes Burning, sometimes pressure, sometimes like choking. Sometimes it feels more like dyspnea. It usually gets worse when in Bed. Also slightly worsens after Physiotherapy but usually gets better after that. Cardiac Reasons have been excluded. Also no sign of pulmonary reasons. To be honest. Right now this is the thing that bothers me the most. Can hardly think straight when the symtpoms are there.
It has been suggested this might just be a pyschological issue (and yes it is definately modified by stress). But i feel that is must have to do with my spine. I have found some recent review articles on this "cervical chest pain" being underdiagnosed and have also read some posts here describing it.
Has anyone had these symptoms? Have they improved after your Cercival Fusion operation?
Thanks for reading