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A 42-year-old female asked:

Have pins/needles on right hand for 2 months. mri: c5-6 degenerative changes with spinal cord flattening & effacement of csf signal.multilevel chronic foraminal stenosis worst at c5-6, compression of right c6 nerve root.how dangerous? irreversible?

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Dr. Steven Simon
A Verified Doctoranswered
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 40 years experience
Get EMG: It would seem that you have a cord compression, but you need an EMG/NCS (muscle and nerve study) to determine how serious the cord compression is vs a different cause,,such as carpal tunnel, which could also exist. steroid epidural cervical injections should Improve symptoms for some time. Please wear a soft cervical collar while driving to prevent injury should you have an accident.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Suggest: EMG can objectify, and C6 radiculopathy could improve with TFESI at the root level. PT with motorized traction could also help. Would get 2 or 3 neurosurgical opinions, as surgery here might be very helpful.
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Last updated Nov 23, 2020


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