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Old 02-18-2011, 06:08 AM   #1
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neck pain and numbness....

hi eveyone, i posted a couple of weeks ago about new neck pain and numbness im getting for about 6-8 weeks.thanks for all the replies i went to the doctor as adviced and he thought it might be a muscle hitting off a nerve and started me on neurontin, it helped a bit with the pain and numbness in my arms for a couple of days but its not improving. i have pain in my neck spreading down my shoulders and across the top of my back its not severe but getting worse i had a busy day yest my baby is getting christened tommorrow so was trying to get organised and by the end of the day i was in a lot of pain and was scrunched up and my neck was spasming and at an odd angle. im still getting pins and needles in both arms right arm worse as i use this most but have noticed im trying to use left hand to do things as i get a lot of pain in my arm and weakness trying to do things. i got awful numbness in my face and slight headache 4 days ago thought was a migraine but im not to sure, i had numbness and pins and needles all over my face felt as if my eyes had a cloud over them, it didnt go away with migraine tablets and is still there on and off and it wasnt like a normal migraine. im sorry this is so long but id really like some advice, when i go to any doctor they say its probably caused by problems from my lower back as i degenerating discs and bilateral sacroiliitis. im getting worried about this as iv never had neck problems. should i contact my surgeon again he said he dosnt need to see me again unless i have new problems, as he could not help and i dont have an appointment till august to see a neuro-surgeon. shoud i just keep taking tablets or does this sound like something more serious. i feel as if im falling apart one problem after another and as if all i do is moan, but i try to stay upbeat which is very hard when in so much pain. thanks for listening and i appreciate any advice. take care shelsers

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Re: neck pain and numbness....

Shelsers, yes, I think it is time to see a couple of spine specialists including an Orthopedic Spine Specialist because your symptoms indicates nerve compression, thus the tingling, numbness and pain. The longer you let this go, the worse it will get and you could end up with permanent nerve damage.

Please stay in touch and let us know how it is going.

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Re: neck pain and numbness....

I can't diagnose you, but I have those symptoms, including that I get numbness in my right cheek now & then. I get severe pain in a local area of my neck, and it usually spreads to my left shoulder with terrible spasms. I've had my complete arms & hands go numb as well. I noticed that my arms go totally numb (usually) when I wake up from sleeping and my head was tilted back. I've gotten and still do get pain that runs down my arms and severe nerve pain in my middle three fingers on both hands that comes & goes.

When my neck pains all started, I was in the midst of a severe lumbar spine condition (which was worse) and my rheum back then told me one thing at a time and insinuated that my neck/shoulder problems were due to fibro. So, I was never sent by him to get any imaging done on my neck. My upper back problems just slowly got worse over the past several years. Several months ago, I saw a new PM. Since my last MRI's were from 07, he sent me for all new MRI's of both my lumbar & cervical spine. Then I found out that I have a large disc herniation in one neck level and stenosis in others. My spine in my neck has actually straightened out over time due to my severe spasms (that my rheum said was fibro). Now I have spinal cord compression with right hand weakness. I just saw a neurosurgeon who recommended surgery and he was the one that told me my right hand is weak. Unfortunately, I just cannot have surgery, not anytime soon due to financial reasons. The neuro told me, though, that I could end up with serious problems if I ever get into a car accident due to the disc already being pushed into my cord. UGHH. I'm not saying you definitely have something similar, but it sure sounds like it. Mine is caused by spinal arthritis (osteoarthritis as far as I know, not RA) I had forgotten to ask him if my facial numbness could be caused by anything on my MRI report, though. I did just read today that complex migraines can actually cause facial numbness also...and I do get migraines, mostly just with auras. Occassionally I get the headache. I do take a few meds, which usually help a lot, but sometimes it just flares up very badly. I do know that cervical arthritis can cause headaches as well, just not migraines. They usually go up the back of the head and sometimes around the sides and/or behind the eyes.

So, I do know how you feel as I've had similiar experiences. Fyi....I also have lumbar spine issues. All the nerves that run off the spine at each vertebral level actually go out and down, so issues in the lumbar spine cannot be causing your cervical spine issues. I just don't know why so many docs, if they know you already have lumbar problems, why they think you can't have cervical problems also. I don't know, maybe it has something to do with the insurance companies, I wouldn't doubt it.

I think you should see another doc and get another opinion if you can.

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Old 02-21-2011, 01:09 AM   #4
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Re: neck pain and numbness....

thanks for the replies, im in terrible pain with my lower back and leg after the christening, had a great day but it was very hard pain wise and im suffering since. my neck is sore and goes down below my shoulders. im going to ring the doctor now and try get an appointment for today or tomorrow will let you know how it goes. thanks again i appreiciate the advice, talk soon take care shelsers

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