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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?

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

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Radiculopathy (Definition)

Also called “pinched nerve root,” this condition occurs when a spinal nerve root is compressed, inflamed, or damaged, causing pain, numbness or weakness in ...Read more


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Can burning gnawing pain in the neck be cervical radiculopathy or rsd? I have burning down my arm also please help any thoughts?

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

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Might somebody have cervical radiculopathy from herniated discs and not have neck pain?

Might somebody have cervical radiculopathy from herniated discs and not have neck pain?

Yes: Yes, absolutely. You can have radiculopathy that presents as pain, numbness, or weakness in an extremity with no neck pain what so ever. ...Read more

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Should I do neck exercises & physio during acute phase of cervical radiculopathy or just wear collar & how long should I wear it?

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

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Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help

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 more

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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?

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

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What does the cervical facet joints do in your neck? What kind of injection does a doctor give for radiculopathy? Please help and explain

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 more

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Cervical radiculopathy since 2009. Been getting steroid injections in neck. Doesn't help anymore. Hands hurt. Very swollen. Does surgery help?

Hard to tell: Surgery usually doesn't alleviate neck or back pain. It may help untrap any pinched nerves and alleviate the symptoms related to that - weakness, numbness and tingling, but as far as neck pain itself, it is unlikely to be benefited by surgery. ...Read more

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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 more

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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 more

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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

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 more

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Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

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Is cervical radiculopathy in my cervical spine from disc protrusion?

Maybe: Cervical radiculopathy can arise from various causes that pinch a nerve in the neck. A disk herniation is a common cause. Other causes include bone spurs that form over time that narrow the hole through which the nerves exit the spine. ...Read more

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Contemplating surgery. I have type II diabetes, depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy. Abnormal nerve conduction Multileveled bilateral acute on chronic cervical radiculopathy.Correlate EMG findings with cervical spine MRI. Severe sens

Contemplating surgery. I have type II diabetes, depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy. Abnormal nerve conduction Multileveled bilateral acute on chronic cervical radiculopathy.Correlate EMG findings with cervical spine MRI. Severe sens

Double Crush: Sounds like you may have what's known as "double crush" phenomenon. Both cervical spine and entrapment of the ulnar/median nerve causing symptoms. Certainly, carpal tunnel and/or cubital tunnel release is easier and less risky than neck surgery and usually considered before neck surgery. Unfortunately, diabetes puts you at high risk for recurrence of carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy bad?

Yes: Radiating pain in arm, weakness of the arm, sensory changes--can be disabling in the very acute phase--this is why so many require and prefer surgery--untreated lead to muscle atrophy. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have cervical radiculopathy?

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

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What are the symptoms of cervical radiculopathy?

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

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What sort of disorder is cervical radiculopathy?

What sort of disorder is cervical radiculopathy?

Pinched nerve: Radiculopathy comes from a greek word meaning "root." in this case, the root is the start of the nerve coming off the spinal cord. There are many nerves coming off the spinal cord to go down the arms and legs to allow us to move and feel things. These nerves can be pinched in or around the spine by things like herniated disks and bone spurs from aging, or injury such as stretching the nerve. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more