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Doctor insights on: C5 C6 Pinched Nerve Symptoms

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Where do symptoms occur when you have a c5-c6 pinched nerve?

Where do symptoms occur when you have a c5-c6 pinched nerve?

C6 Nerve: A c5/6 issue will usually involve the C6 nerve causing a radiculitis/radiculopathy ("pinched nerve"). This will normally give you tinging and numbness on your front of upper arm into forearm and to thumb and index finger. Weakness can be seen in the extensor of your wrist, muscle that rotate your hand down, your flexor of the arm. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Dizziness & pain in neck when turn head to either side. Occasionally see black spots. Have Mild C5-C6 pinched nerve, neck stiffness & pain?

Dizziness & pain in neck when turn head to either side. Occasionally see black spots. Have Mild C5-C6 pinched nerve, neck stiffness & pain?

Get it checked,,: It's a good idea to get this checked out, especially the dizziness, as it could mean something more than a pinched nerve. It could be something to do with the ear canal or a blood pressure issue or some other condition. So it's a good idea to get a comprehensive check-up along with the results of the tests you had to find out what this is. Good luck! ...Read more

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Diagnosed w c5/c6 pinched nerve (ncs test), mild shoulder bursitis & bicep tendinosis (mri), & de Quervain's (finkelstein's) on same side. Possible?

Diagnosed w c5/c6 pinched nerve (ncs test), mild shoulder bursitis & bicep tendinosis (mri), & de Quervain's (finkelstein's) on same side. Possible?

Yes.: Possible. The ncs and MRI are pretty definitive tests. So I believe the c5/6 impingements. On the other hand finklestein's is also a pretty good predictor of de quervain's. Certainly could have all three. ...Read more

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Is c5-c6 impingement a pinched nerve?

Yeah: Yeah at times you will note on a radiology report that a bone spur (osteophyte), or herniated disc is causing nerve impingement. That is the medical way of stating it is pinching the nerve in question. ...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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Are epidural injection and traction the only thing used for a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 c6? Please help if you can

Are epidural injection and traction the only thing used for a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 c6? Please help if you can

See a specialist: See a spine specialist. An MRI of the cervical spine can be useful. Conservative care includes pt, chiropractic, cervical traction, epidural injections and non steroidal anti-inflammatory meds. If these fail, surgery is often successful in relieving the pain. Check out spine-health. Com. ...Read more

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Does the following mean 2 pinch nerves? 1. degenerative disc disease at the C2-C3 level to result in mild to moderate spinal canal stenosis at this level. 2. Degenerate changes at the C5-C6 and C6-C7 levels resulting in mild to moderate spinal cana

No but can't tell: Spinal canal stenosis can cause spinal cord compression. In order to know if a nerve is pinched in the cervical spine you want to know if there is lateral spinal canal stenosis ore more specifically foraminal stenosis. The foramen is where the nerve comes out of the spine and can be pinched. ...Read more

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Pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI, shoulder pain. Related? 6 MM slip at L5-S1 with pars defect and leg pain. Related? Thanks.

Pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI, shoulder pain. Related? 6 MM slip at L5-S1 with pars defect and leg pain. Related? Thanks.

..Spine Specialist: 47 y/o Male w Pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI, shoulder pain. Related 6MM slipp at L5-S1 with pars defect and leg pain. Related? Thanks. Yes related called Degenerative Joint/ Disc disease. The Doctor who ordered the studies know what he/she is looking for Have him/her provide treatment guidance or see Spine Specialist. Thereafter mind Diet/ Exercise/ Lifestyle ...Read more

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Neck cracks/pops, forehead/scalp tingling, is the result of pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI? Brain CTs/MRI's were all normal. Help!

Tingling: Neck cracking usually emanates from neck ligaments and vertebrae. Pinched nerves in the cervical spine generally cause Sharp, shooting pains in the back of the scalp. Tingling of forehead would be an unusual manifestation. I would be reassured about no significant neurological pathology in your case and would regard the tingling symptoms as more of a nuisance. A neurologist can advise you best. ...Read more

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Neck cracking/popping, forehead/scalp tingling, the result of pinched nerves in neck from bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7 via neck MRI? MRI's and CT's of brain were normal. Thanks.

Does not correlate.: The disk bulges at C5-C7 should affect your arm & neck, not the forehead & scalp. Many people live their ENTIRE LIVES with bulging disks & don't complain of any pain, so MRI or CT scan to "diagnose" bulging disks is actually a gross misuse of imaging. Talk to your doctor or a neurologist about your symptoms to undergo accurate testing. Or use HealthTap Prime. Good luck to you; hope you find cause. ...Read more

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Does c5-c6, c6-c7 disc herniation n nerve compression cause headaches/ dizziness?

Does c5-c6, c6-c7 disc herniation n nerve compression cause headaches/ dizziness?

Probably not: Although cervical spine problems can be associated with headaches and dizziness, usually these problems originate from the upper cervical segments (c2-5). If you are having arm and/or upper back pain, it is probably the result of these disc herniations. You should know that many patients without symptoms will have c5-7 disc herniations on their MRI which may be a serendipitous finding. ...Read more

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Is an emg test necessary if the MRI shows c4, C5 and C6 nerves pinched. Have c4, C5 and C6 ruptured disc in neck with C4 C5 and C6 pinched nerves on right side and C6 nerve pinched on left side. Have had bone scan, and CT and now doctor is wanting emg.

Is an emg test necessary if the MRI shows c4, C5 and C6 nerves pinched. Have c4, C5 and C6 ruptured disc in neck with C4 C5 and C6 pinched nerves on right side and C6 nerve pinched on left side. Have had bone scan, and CT and now doctor is wanting emg.

Not: Not all disk herniations cause pain. Emg is helpful to determine which disks and nerves are symptomatic. This information may help determine the disks operated on. Therefore, EMG is often necessary because it may give important information. Good luck! ...Read more

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If I have a bulging c5/c6 disc in my neck would it be putting pressure on my nerves?

SEE A PAIN DOC: A disc is bulging because it loses elasticity - like a waistband in your underwear. When it loses elasticity it no longer stays nice and tight and snug like it used to be. If it bulges enough it can get close to the nerve and irritate it. The inflammation and irritation can cause pain in the neck or shoulder blade as well as pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in your arm. ...Read more

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Does c4-c5, c5-c6 disc herniation n nerve impinchment cause headache / dizziness?

Does c4-c5, c5-c6 disc herniation n nerve impinchment cause headache / dizziness?

Not directly: C5 nerve causes referred pain to the arm, C6 nerve causes referred pain to the thumb.

People with pinched nerves in the cervical spine will often also complain of neck pain and some headaches. ...Read more

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600lb shrugs. C5, C6 herniated. Shoulder is unstable and painful. What type of shoulder injury could it be, excluding nerves? Ac joint? Thanks.

600lb shrugs. C5, C6 herniated. Shoulder is unstable and painful. What type of shoulder injury could it be, excluding nerves? Ac joint? Thanks.

AC joint: Likely an ac joint problem, but could be pain radiating down from neck or internal joint pain in shoulder due to labrum or rotator cuff. Would suggest evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon in your area. ...Read more

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I have a bulge in c5-c6 disc, but I'm also having some strange symptoms. The whole right side of my face went numb and arm.?

I have a bulge in c5-c6 disc, but I'm also having some strange symptoms. The whole right side of my face went numb and arm.?

Be checked: The nerves that supply the face exit right out of the skull and do not go through the neck; so a disc bulge would not typically cause facial numbness. I would be checked to make sure it is not something in the brain. Trigeminal neuralgia is another possibility. But not from neck. Be seen. ...Read more

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Are these symptoms normal after having fusion done in my neck back in march (c5-c6), burning, pinching, and numbness in left arm?

Are these symptoms normal after having fusion done in my neck back in march (c5-c6), burning, pinching, and numbness in left arm?

Can be: If there was significant neural compromise prior to the fusion, then the ongoing radicular symtpoms may be slow to resolve. If these are new complaints, then the possibility of a nonunion of the fusion or adjacent segment abnormalities needs to be considered. This would require re-evaluation with the surgeon that performed your surgery. ...Read more

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I have a nerve injury to c5/c6 nerve root in my plexus. My brachioradialis reflex barely any response. What else do I need for diagnosis?

I have a nerve injury to c5/c6 nerve root in my plexus. My brachioradialis reflex barely any response. What else do I need for diagnosis?

Diagnose plexus inj: To diagnose a plexus injury you would also want to have biceps weakness, biceps reflex suppression, normal triceps strength and reflex, and a needle EMG showing denervation of the biceps, supinator, and deltoid, but not the triceps, FCU or ADM etc. ...Read more

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10 ft fall, herniated disc c5-c6 impinges significantly on the thecal sac, the cervical cord and nerve root, waiting on dr, advise, what will come?

Nerve injury: A herniated disk can cause nerve pinching. By reducing nerve inflammation it may reduce your pain. The doctor may suggest medication, injections, or maybe even surgery. Don't panic, getting your pain reduced and nerve less inflamed is the key. ...Read more

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Can degeneration of the C5-C6 vertebra cause episodic syncope due to vagus nerve damage or entrapment?

Can degeneration of the C5-C6 vertebra cause episodic syncope due to vagus nerve damage or entrapment?

No but VBI might: VertebroBasilar Insufficiency (VBI) - The vertebral arteries run up the back of the neck thru tunnels (foramen) in the vertebrae (bones of spine). Some neck maneuvers can compress the artery where it passes thru the foramen. While not usually syncope, this can cause vertigo & drop attacks via buckling of the knees usually in older folks with degenerative spinal problems. Aka beauty parlor syndrome. ...Read more

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Have cervical spondylosis c5-c6, c6-c7 and osteophytes touching nerves. What arm strengthening exercises can be done and what to avoid?

Have cervical spondylosis c5-c6, c6-c7 and osteophytes touching nerves. What arm strengthening exercises can be done and what to avoid?

No restrictions: Other than avoiding any position or activity that may aggravate your symptoms then reduce weights and increase your reps as tolerated or you may have to modify your technique but there are no restrictions per se. ...Read more

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Herniated cervical disc c5-c6 touch nerves. After 5 months physio, no more tingling sensation on arm. Still neck pain often. What else can be done?

Herniated cervical disc c5-c6 touch nerves. After 5 months physio, no more tingling sensation on arm. Still neck pain often. What else can be done?

Plenty: Hopefully you have tried anti-inflammatory medications, either over the counter, or by prescription. Make sure the doses were adequate. We sometimes use short courses of steroids by mouth. Alternately there are epidural steroid injections, aimed in the neck where it hurts. Don't forget a neck pillow at night. ...Read more

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Does kyphosis cause heart issues? Or c5-c6 herniated disc symptoms are similar to heart issues symptoms.

Does kyphosis cause heart issues? Or c5-c6 herniated disc symptoms are similar to heart issues symptoms.

May be: Kyphosis does not cause any heart diease. How ever depending on the severity of kyphosis, people are more prone to get degenerative changes and arthritic changes in spine. This in turn can pinch the nerves and may cause referred pain in chest wall which would mascaraed as heart pain. ...Read more

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Ongoing pain in neck and trapped nerve. After having a mri and xray it has been confirmed bulging disc between c5 c6. Surgery next option?

Ongoing pain in neck and trapped nerve. After having a mri and xray it has been confirmed bulging disc between c5 c6. Surgery next option?

Cervical spine surge: Surgery should be your last option. More than 90% of damaged discs heal by themselves over time. For ongoing nerve pain and neck pain, you should get a cervical epidural steroid injection done by a qualified and experienced pain physician under x-ray guidance. Also start physical therapy as soon as you can to relieve muscular spasm. ...Read more

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Mri shows mild compression of nerve roots at c5/c6, c6/c7. 70% improvement after 4 weeks physio. Normal to feel tingling on right hand at this stage?

Mri shows mild compression of nerve roots at c5/c6, c6/c7. 70% improvement after 4 weeks physio. Normal to feel tingling on right hand at this stage?

Never normal but yes: I am sorry to hear of your problem as that may indicate ongoing pressure on the cervical nerve root as it exits the foramen.

Physiotherapy is appropriate but if the symptoms persist then it would be wise to seek medical advice. There are further measures that can be undertaken but the benefits must be weighed against the risks. Good luck and a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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C5 (Definition)

C5 refers to the fifth vertebra in the neck. The first vertebra is at the base of the skull, so the fifth is in the middle of the neck. Injuries to the spinal cord above this level impair the ...Read more