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Old 12-14-2011, 07:57 PM   #1
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Question Cervical nerve test

Hi all....first time here.

I have had cervical and lumbar pain due to spurs having grown on all my vertebra's (well, 5 in each location) and my old insurance did not cover a nerve test. I am now on disability and medicare and was able to get the nerve test/s done. Today was the cervical and Friday will be the lumbar.

My spinal cord is totally pinched. We knew that going into this, due to xrays and mri's.

So today I had the cervical test done and the doctor told me all my nerves are damaged there.

I guess my question is......just how many nerves are there? I had talked her ear off while we were doing the test and that was one question I did not specifically ask. She seemed surprised to see the degree of damage to "all my nerves".

I am clueless about this sort of thing and wondering if anyone can explain it so I understand. Can ALL nerves me damaged? Is that possible, or is it just an exagerated way of saying "it's pretty bad"...

Just curious. I will ask her on Friday when I see her, to explain what she meant, but figured I would throw this question out there to those of you here are know a lot about these sort of things.

TIA for any help.

BTW......wow....some of those needles really really hurt! The zapping part of the test was 'interesting'....but I had a rough time with the needles. Glad one part is done. I expect bad news for the lumbar, as my left thigh is getting progressively numb...and painful at the same time. :::shrugs to that one:::

Take care and wishing all some painfree days.

 
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Old 12-14-2011, 09:21 PM   #2
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Re: Cervical nerve test

The human body has 31 pairs of spinal nerves. There are eight pairs in the cervical area -- eight on the right and eight on the left.

I would be surprised if they were all damaged, but I suppose anything is possible. The test will register any abnormality so some are probably more significantly damaged or causing problems than others.

I trust you are under the care of a good spine specialist. Have you had any spine surgeries?

 
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Re: Cervical nerve test

Hey Teri....and Hi to kittyluvr(me too). There is actually only 7 pairs of nerves in the neck as there are no nerves between C1 and 2 but they do count the nerves in between C7 and T1 as the C8 nerve.

But let me add that just because there are signs of damage does not mean the damage is permanent. That is why they operate....to relieve the pressure on them to prevent permanent damage. I'm having a Lumbar EMG myself on Friday to try to figure out if my current problem is neck or lumbar(or thoracic). Local doc thinks it's lumbar nerves but neurosurgeon thinks is the cervical cord.

BTW, Kittyluvr(I just rescued a beautiful black and white Maine Coon) nerve compression(what they test for in an EMG) can cause a ton of pain until it gets to the point where "numb" sets in, but compression of the spinal cord itself may not produce any pain at all but will cause numbness and dysfunction anywhere below the level in the neck so you can have numb toes from a problem in your neck.

Most of us with neck problems post down on the Spinal Cord Disorders board("lumbars" are here....need a place for thoracics!) and if you'd like to come on down and say hello, we'd love to have you. Neck people have some different problems from those with lumbar problems. And you can even post the report from your MRI and we can tell you what it means and what kind of treatments are available out there. There are even new surgeries out there with no fusion involved.

Big hugs to Teri!

Jen(fused C3 to T1.....for now)

 
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