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I am having severe pain in my cervical spine on the left side radiating down my left arm and leaving a tingling feeling in my fingers. Pinched nerve?

I am having severe pain in my cervical spine on the left side radiating down my left arm and leaving a tingling feeling in my fingers. Pinched nerve?

Yes, it sounds: like it. If you have night sweats and extreme fatigue, infection is a possibility. You should get full evaluation by a doctor. ...Read more

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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


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Both arms and legs especially arms get numb only when i wake up and only for a while and I have no pain. I told doc to send me for a brain and cervical spine MRI and everything was fine.What is it?

Both arms and legs especially arms get numb only when i wake up and only for a while and I have no pain. I told doc to send me for a brain and cervical spine MRI and everything was fine.What is it?

Weird: If MRI is normal, then suggest getting flexion/extension x-rays of the cervical spine as their might be abnormal movement of your neck causing some slight stenosis in your neck. Also consider spine specialist if no relief. Often MRI is not read correctly by radiologists so having specialist look at it. ...Read more

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Neck arm pain so severe i can't do anything in morning but gets better in afternoon.Mri shows cervical hnp 4-5-6-7.Can hnp exhibit varying sx.?

Neck arm pain so severe i can't do anything in morning but gets better in afternoon.Mri shows cervical hnp 4-5-6-7.Can hnp exhibit varying sx.?

Yes: Herniated nucleus pulposis can vary in symptoms from no symptoms in some people to pain and paralysis in others. On arising increased pain can be due to postural changes at night or to the fact that on recumbancy body fluids shift from our lower body to our upper putting pressure on sensitive areas. On arising the fluids reshift. ...Read more

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If conervative tx are tried for a year and symptoms got worse, is op the only option? diangosis cervical hnp 4.5.6.7 neck pain arm pain numbness.Im only 30 yrs old

If conervative tx are tried for a year and symptoms got worse, is op the only option? diangosis cervical hnp 4.5.6.7 neck pain arm pain numbness.Im only 30 yrs old

Depends: If you have significant compression on the nerve roots based on the MRI scan and your symptoms are limited to the same involved nerve roots, then surgery will help you and is a good idea. If how ever your symptoms can not be explained, based on the nerve roots involved on x-rays then, surgery may not be helpful.I hope that helps good luck. ...Read more

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What are signs of symptoms of cervical cord compression Cuz I'm really scared. Sever neck pain shooting arm pain and weakness getting worse ?

What are signs of symptoms of cervical cord compression Cuz I'm really scared.  Sever neck pain shooting arm pain and weakness  getting worse ?

Numbness & weakness: You have some of the sx with pain and radicular pain, but numbness and weakness of the arms and hands also may be present. Why are you waking? See a surgeon or pain doc for am evaluation NOW. A physical exam and EMG will aid in the diagnosis as well as imaging. ...Read more

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After a c5/c6 cervical posterior fora monotony 6 weeks post op i still get shoulder & arm pain .Will this improve?

Hard to say: It depends on the cause, i would certainly let your surgeon know. Something's in the spine just may take longer to get better than 6 weeks, other times people come to see me and come to find out they still have some degree of nerve impingment or they have had a complication. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Idiagnosed with central cervical canal stenosis and far lateral disc protrusion and a disc extrusion indenting cord. How serious is this. Arm pain ?

Idiagnosed with central cervical canal stenosis and far lateral disc protrusion and a disc extrusion indenting cord.  How serious is this. Arm pain ?

Cervical Stenosis: This is serious and something you need to see a neurosurgeon about. Do not do any strenuous activity and be very careful of any falls as these may worsen your condition and cause paralysis. Good luck ...Read more

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Nucleoplasty done in c5-6 due to cervical hnp 6 weeks ago. Numbness and arm pain continue my doctor wants do a racz catheter.Sounds good? So scared.

Epidural Neurolysis: The above is the medical term for the racz procedure named after the doctor. It is used to release scar tissue from around nerves in the epidural space of the spine . It is a natural event following surgery. Under a flouroscope a local anesthetic, corticosteroid are put in and a concentrated salt solution is used to soften the scar tissue. Do not be scared, it should give relief. ...Read more

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


Arm Pain (Definition)

Arm pain can mean many things. See a hand or ...Read more