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Middle of spine slightly hurts to touch. Hands go numb for the past 3 years when laying on my side but goes away when I lay flat. Do I need surgery ?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Not necessarily

It really comes down to the specific cause of your symptoms.
Numbness in the arms is usually either from a pinched nerve in the neck, a peripheral nerve entrapment syndrome such as carpal tunnel syndrome, or a neurological condition such as a neuropathy. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. Consider being seen.

In brief: Not necessarily

It really comes down to the specific cause of your symptoms.
Numbness in the arms is usually either from a pinched nerve in the neck, a peripheral nerve entrapment syndrome such as carpal tunnel syndrome, or a neurological condition such as a neuropathy. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. Consider being seen.
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