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Cervical (Neck) Radiculopathy
Neuro said i had severe pinched nerves in neck or "cervical radiculopathy" he said this is cause of my very mild swallowing and breathing issues true?
Insufficient data: Does "neuro" mean neurologist or neurosurgeon? Why did you meekly accept the answer but then post here? Ask doc to explain the neuroanatomy: EXACTLY what cervical levels, roots &/or nerves are affected & which ones involve breathing & which swallowing. Ask to review test results (MRI, CT, myelogram or EMG/NCS). Finally, if no treatment is recommended, I suggest seeking another opinion. ...Read more
Cervical cultures are performed by swabbing the secretion or discharge on the cervix or vaginal and allow it to be grown in culture. Yeast is one of the infectious agents that can cause an infection in the vagina (there are many others). This is one of the most common causes of infection, and candida is the most common species. However, bacteria and viruses are also tested for ...Read more
Can burning gnawing pain in the neck be cervical radiculopathy or rsd? I have burning down my arm also please help any thoughts?
Sometimes: Only by evaluating the underlying processes will answer your question. Many times the symptoms you describe can come from spasm of the muscles of the neck and upper back. Rsd or complex regional pain syndrome as characteristic features that are sometimes merely severe muscle spasm which is a very different situation. A physical medicine of physical therapy evaluation can sometimes sort this out. ...Read more
Should I do neck exercises & physio during acute phase of cervical radiculopathy or just wear collar & how long should I wear it?
Depends: there is a lot to this question. First of all, I would make sure that you see a neurologist for a complete evaluation before exercising. You may need an MRI of the neck as well. Once that is done you can move forward with gentle traction, limited exercise. I would wear a c collar until you are evaluated. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help
Outcome varies: If there is compression of one of the nerve roots it is sometimes equivalent to a "pinched nerve" . This type of physical compression of a nerve root can result in a radiculopathy. The outcome is variable. Sometimes over a period of days - weeks the radiculopathy will spontaneously improve. If you start noticing difficulty in pinching (weakness) of your thumb and index finger then check with MD. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I tripped and fell. I'm in a lot of pain and have a stiff neck.Can this fall aggravate my pre existing shoulder impingement & cervical radiculopathy?
It can: This could be what is going on. This depends upon what the status is of your preexisting problems. ...Read more
What is usually done for C5 C6 cervical radiculopathy in the neck? I did have a epidural injection how long do they take to work?
You are on the path: Epidural injections are the next step when time, physical therapy, and oral medications have failed. It can take several days for the injections to start making a difference and sometimes takes several injections to achieve significant pain relief. If the injections fail talk to a spine specialist about other options. ...Read more
What does the cervical facet joints do in your neck? What kind of injection does a doctor give for radiculopathy? Please help and explain
Spine Joints: Facet joints are places on the spinal bones where two bones actually meet and articulate, therefore a facet joint injection is into that place where they meet. Many times arthritis or inflammation can arise here and cause pain. Epidural injections are also helpful to reduce inflammation into the spinal canal area or around the spinal nerve roots exiting the spine to treat a radiculopathy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I went to hospital last Monday for pain in neck and shoulder said it was cervical radiculopathy they gave meds but pain is worse under shoulder blade and right arm?
It happens: A radiculopathy is just a generic label for irritation of a nerve root/nerve distribution often after something as simple as a cold. Antibodies to that virus mistakenly attack a nerve thinking they are getting rid of the virus.They do so until they die off over time. You may experience pain initially & transient weakness in that arm. Your regular doc can do follow up. Oral steroids can help. ...Read more
What can be done for cervical radiculopathy? What can a pcp do for neck pain? I think a rehab and pain management doctor is better. Any thoughts help
PCP can do a lot!: 1.Identify "pain generator" (nerve root, muscle, or both) 2. Identify possible pain triggers (dietary, emotional, chemical, physical, pharmaceutical) 3. Address the triggers in proper order 4. For muscle pain generators use appropriate physical modalities 5. Use appropriate pharmaceuticals – systemic and topical 6. Use invasive modalities he/she is comfortable with (trigger points injections). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Could lifting affect or add strain to my injury? I was diagnosed with cervical disc degeneration, cervicalgia, arthropathy of the neck and head, and radiculopathy. My last job i did a lot of lifting on heavy items such as furniture on a daily basis and w
Neck pain : Any kind of strain always affects an 'injures' body part worse than a healthy spine, arm, or leg. If you had degeneration already, additional strain can certainly make this feel worse, although no changes in imaging or exam are identified. For arthritic spine, 'motion is lotion' with gentle daily stretching+no over exertion. If needed, take some preemptive anti-inflammatories before you start! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can cervical radiculopathy cause pain in shoulder, arm, side of chest and sometimes hand? But no neck pain? Most pain is inner arm. Mostly when i move.
Strange but true: Cervical radiculopathy occasionally can be present without the presence of significant neck pain. That is a little odd when we see it and for that reason deserves to be looked at in detail to make sure something else may not be causing neurological symptoms such as a mass lesion, nutritional deficiency, etc. Emg studies often help answer this question as well. A good neurologist can help with this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ive been diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy and degenerative disc desication for my L4, L5, C3-C4, I've noticed that my left ear hurts & my throat feels tight everyday, Is there any chance that these 2 conditions is connected with d spine problem?
Likely not: The nerves supplying your ear & throat originate much higher up the spinal cord. They are likely a totally separate issue. ...Read more
Symptoms and eval: Cervical radiculopathy is manifest by numbness, tingling, potentially weakness, along a specific neural pathway, in the presence of central or foramenal stenosis of the spine, and most often associated with neck symptoms and mechanical patterns of neck movements causing pain or nerve symptoms down the arm. ...Read more
Radiculopathy: Depending on the level, patients have neck- and/or arm pain and possibly tingling, numbness and sometimes weakness too in the biceps, triceps and the muscles around the wrist and hands. A good examination with strength testing and provocative testing usually gives clues, but an MRI scan is best to determine the source of the problem... Good luck! ...Read more
This is a surgeon who is competent to perform surgery in the head and neck region. Any disease in this area is treated by this surgeon. Before the otolaryngologist - head and neck surgeon (ent), general surgeons were the classic head and neck surgeon. With the specialization of each surgical field, surgeons now concentrate on specific areas of the body. Ents are best ...Read more
You have a series of glands made up of lymph tissue that run along under your jaw (both sides) and under the muscle that runs from behind your ear down to your collarbone. (scm muscle) . In the presence of infection they become swollen. They feel tender and bigger than usual. If you have these you should see your doctor for a ...Read more
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