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Old 11-19-2004, 06:48 PM   #1
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Heart attack or cervical disc herniation?????

Hi, I have been posting to other boards, but new to this one. I was recently hospitalized for chest pain eval. for the 3 time in a year and a half. The cardio ordered a mri of my neck, stating that my heart was fine, but that sometimes neck problems can cause chest pain... MRI results are----
1. At c5-c6 large central to left paracentral disc extrusion resulting in severe canal or foraminal stenosis with impression on the exiting nerve roots of c6 bilaterally which is severely greater on the left.
2. Central disc protrusion and a very large posterior osteophyte at c4-c5 level resulting in severe canal or foraminal stenosis with impression on the exiting nerve roots of c5 bilaterally.
Does anyone out there know if this could cause chest pain? I have other symptoms as well, but the most troubling is the chest pain. I feel like I am begining to lose my mind.... The orthopedic doctor that was called in while I was in the hospital said, "no way, in 30 years of practice has he seen anyone with chest pain due to neck problems." I am not sure what I need to do at this point, considering that the doctors can't even agree on this matter. I have made an appointment for Monday with a spinal specialist. I also have osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. I am 43 years old. Any help or input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Texredbird (Robin)

 
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Old 11-19-2004, 08:04 PM   #2
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Robin ~

I am living proof that cervical problems can cause chest pain. I have severe chest pain on the left side along with pain and numbness of the left arm when I turned my head to the left. I went as far as calling my NS once because I got so scared. He said it was my neck and not a heart attack. I also had other symptoms as well.

I have now just had my third cervical fusion and I am happy to say no more chest pain as of yet. Each of my surgeries where done for different symptoms and all were done rather close. I believe my signature still has my information other then my last which was posterior cervical fusion from C3-7 done on Sept 14 of this year. I still have a disc problem at C2-3 but that one will wait for now because it is a transoral surgery. I also have no symptoms with that level at this time.

I just wanted you to know that chest pain can come from the neck.

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Old 11-19-2004, 09:01 PM   #3
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Re: Heart attack or cervical disc herniation?????

Thanks so much for your response....geez, you have had a lot of surgeries...I am really afraid of surgery. I had a hysterectomy in 89 and had many problems following that, mostly from abdominal adhesions. It seems like it took years to get over it. I am just so tired of the pain..... and really believing for a long time that it was my heart... or that it was all in my head.... again, Thanks for responding, Texredbird

 
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Robin ~

You are so welcome. I am so sorry you were feeeling it was all in your head. I know what you mean about being sick of pain. BTW...... I am just a bit younger then you. I am only 41. Any time you want to talk just post. I am here. Yes, I have had pretty many. I was dealt a bad spine and a few other parts I guess. I am happy to say I am feeling better then I have in a long time now!

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2001- Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy
2002- L5-S1 Microdiscectomy
2002- L4-L5, L5-S1 Anterior inter-body lumbar fusion with cages and my own bone from left hip for bone graft
2002- Neck problems Surgery??????
2002 DEC 21- C4-5, C5-C6 Anterior Cervical Corpectomy with Fusion and Internal Fixation (Bone from the bone bank)

 
Old 11-20-2004, 03:26 AM   #5
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Re: Heart attack or cervical disc herniation?????

Hi Robin,

I went for many years thinking I was having a heart attack, before finally having an MRI and finding out my neck was a mess. I even called abulance while on a business trip. I had terrible chest pain, shoulder pain and numbness in my arm and hand on the left side. Mocking exactly the symptoms of heart attack.

I had ACDF surgery at levels C5-C6 and C6-C7 with plate on June 30th, and I feel great.

If I read your MRI results right, you are a candidate for ACDF. It will get rid of that pain, so you should consider it.

BTW, I hope the orthopedic that saw you in the hospital is not your doc. If he is, find another one.

Dennis

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Old 11-20-2004, 06:35 AM   #6
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The orthopedic doctor that was called in while I was in the hospital said, "no way, in 30 years of practice has he seen anyone with chest pain due to neck problems." (Robin)
Hi Robin,

Whatever you do don't see that orthopedic doc again. I've twice been rushed to the head of the line in the ER complaining about terrific pain going down my left arm and into my chest. My NS laughed when I told him...he said it's very common.

Bulging discs bumping into your spinal cord and osteophytes rubbing your nerve roots play havoc with your nervous system. After ten years of worsening pain I finally had ACDF surgery.

I interviewed several neurosurgeons. Trust in your MD is an important part of recovery. It's your body, don't be bashful about finding the right doctor.

 
Old 11-20-2004, 08:35 AM   #7
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Dennis,
Thanks for your response. I had never seen an orthopedic doctor before the hospital. This guy is someone that the cardio called in. I found it odd that the cardio doc would tell me one thing and the ortho he call's in would totally discount what he says.
I am concerned tho about surgery, for all the obvious reasons, but also because I have recently been diagnosed with osteoporosis. I have only been on the meds for a couple of months. Seems like if my bones are weakened by this, that surgery would be more dangerous? Oh well, hopefully this spine specialist will be able to guide me one way or the other. I just know that living with this pain is not an option. Again, Thanks for your response. Robin

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Old 11-20-2004, 08:43 AM   #8
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WDMOOR, Thanks for taking time to respond. Please read the response to Dennis.... I'm not really familiar with how to work this board, so I think I responded incorrectly. Please know that I appreciate each response. It is the only thing saving my sanity right now. I think these boards are fantastic as are the people that respond. I know that hearing other people's stories can sometimes take your mind off of you own problems. Talking to other people with similar problems that are facing the same thing you are, makes it seem a little less scary. Thanks so much for helping me. Will post again after trip to the Spine Center. Robin

 
Old 11-21-2004, 04:31 AM   #9
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Hi, chest pain is pretty common complaint at 5-6 and 6 -7, so the ortho dr. who made that statement still has a lot to learn...its not in your head....

I hope you get the help you deserve.

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Old 11-22-2004, 04:58 AM   #10
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Yep,it must be pretty common,and take this from a heart attack survivor,the pain is pretty simular, right down to the ache in the wrist,my herniated disk of 6-7 sent me to the ER,thinking I was having another heart attack,its a shame that some professionals,no matter what field,often speak without thought.Diana

 
Old 05-21-2006, 09:01 PM   #11
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Hi, I have been posting to other boards, but new to this one. I was recently hospitalized for chest pain eval. for the 3 time in a year and a half. The cardio ordered a mri of my neck, stating that my heart was fine, but that sometimes neck problems can cause chest pain... MRI results are----
1. At c5-c6 large central to left paracentral disc extrusion resulting in severe canal or foraminal stenosis with impression on the exiting nerve roots of c6 bilaterally which is severely greater on the left.
2. Central disc protrusion and a very large posterior osteophyte at c4-c5 level resulting in severe canal or foraminal stenosis with impression on the exiting nerve roots of c5 bilaterally.
Does anyone out there know if this could cause chest pain? I have other symptoms as well, but the most troubling is the chest pain. I feel like I am begining to lose my mind.... The orthopedic doctor that was called in while I was in the hospital said, "no way, in 30 years of practice has he seen anyone with chest pain due to neck problems." I am not sure what I need to do at this point, considering that the doctors can't even agree on this matter. I have made an appointment for Monday with a spinal specialist. I also have osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. I am 43 years old. Any help or input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Texredbird (Robin)
Hey guys, I'm back again......I never made it to the spine doc....I did have a nissen fundoplication in dec 04...things seemed to improve, until now...the chest pain is back with avengence as well as left shoulder and arm heaviness? weakness and some tingling in my hand. This time, my GI track checked out good, so.....back to the neck thing again. The mri is 2 years old, but I am seeing a neuro-surgeon next week.....Anyone know if this can be treated without surgery? I am soooo frustrated with doctors right now!!!!!
Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again, Robin

 
Old 05-21-2006, 09:25 PM   #12
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Hi Robin:
I joined this board last year and missed your 2004 thread. I've had two ACDFs (C4/5/6/7) in the last two years, and last Feb I ended up in the ER with chest pain. My symptoms were close enough to those of a heart attack that I ended up getting the full treatment, including an angiogram. My heart checked out very well (that was good news, I'm mid-50s) and no clinical evidence of a heart attack.

Since then I have found several threads that talk about chest pain simulating a heart attack in people that also have C-spine problems, but the Drs in the ER and the cardiologist never indicated this to me, and I was careful to make sure they knew I had this neck problem.

Now I don't know what I should do if/when the chest pain happens again - rush to the ER and get the treatment, or just wait it out figuring it's related to my neck problem - and if it turns out it really is a heart attack....

Sigh...I guess this is part of the entertainment. At least I'm not alone!
Bob

 
Old 05-21-2006, 09:36 PM   #13
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Well, I did go that route again....this time...my heart was a little abnormal, 25% narrowing in 2 arteries in the front of my heart. According to the cardio, insignificant findings..nothing to be concerned with. So, I am back to square 1 so to speak. I'm with you, good not to be alone with this...at least I dont' feel quite so like i am losing my mind! Thanks for your response....will post again after trip to see the surgeon. BTW, I have spent several months investigating this guy.....seems like he is the best in the area, and on my insurance plan! Robin

 
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me too - chest pain was one of my first symptoms and after first surgery C4-6 and again a year later second C6-7 it is gone.

 
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Re: Heart attack or cervical disc herniation?????

Hey Robin.when I first started reading this thread(i also didn't realize just how lod this was)one thing that popped into my head was the fact that you never had any MRI done on the thorasic area?or am I mistaken there?considering all that was found wrong in your C spine area,if you haven't done so already,it would probably be a really good idea to have that area MRIed as well.there could also be something wrong in the T spine that could be also causing some of your problems not just the heart issues.just a thought.hope you feel better soon.good luck,Marcia
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