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    Old 01-05-2005, 01:19 PM   #1
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    Bone spur, arthritis, impinged nerve in neck

    I'm new at this healthboard stuff, so please bear with me. This is my problem: I had a neck injury many years ago. Now I have a bone spur, arthritis and an impinged nerve. I have limited neck mobility and pain most of the time. Where the injury was is bone against bone, so there is kind of a grinding noise when I turn my head. There is pain down my arm to my hand from the pinched nerve and also my arm and hand often feel cold. There is also muscle atrophy around the elbow area. My concern is will I eventually loose the use of my arm? I can live with the pain if I know I won't loose the use of my arm. At the same time I don't want to wait too long if surgery is needed. Advice Please!

     
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    Old 01-06-2005, 04:28 AM   #2
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    Re: Bone spur, arthritis, impinged nerve in neck

    Have you seen an orthopedic spine specialist?

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    Old 01-06-2005, 06:29 AM   #3
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    Re: Bone spur, arthritis, impinged nerve in neck

    This type of problem could become much worse for you over time if that nerve that is compressed is not released soon.it appears from the atrophy that you have already dealing with that this nerve is very seriously compressed.I really would not wait too much longer to do something about this or you will have (most likely) an ever increasing pain level with much more wide spread atrophy to the point of possible total non use.I am dealing with alot of neuro deficits in my L arm and hand due to nerve damage from a spinal cord surgery,and I can tell you that it really sucks as things seem to still be progressing into my hand.i have very significant atrophy as well.i think it is time to get to a good neurosurgeon to discuss some sort of a decompression surgery before that nerve is totally and completely lost forever.please keep us posted.Marcia
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    Old 01-07-2005, 08:48 AM   #4
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    Re: Bone spur, arthritis, impinged nerve in neck

    Thank you flyonthewall and Marcia for the responses. I have been to an orthopedic and had xrays and an mri done. And I've gotten 2 recommendations to go see a neurosugeon. I guess that should be my next step. Some of the surgery stories I've read scare me to death, but I sure don't want to loose arm usage. Marcia, it looks like you have really suffered - I'm so sorry.

     
    Old 01-17-2005, 08:10 PM   #5
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    Re: Bone spur, arthritis, impinged nerve in neck

    You need to get and MRI done and go see a Neuro surgeon. I Just had an ACDF done at C6&C7. I had muscle apathy in my right tricept and one arm was much smaller than the other. I dealt with this for over a year. I was scared to death about having the surgery done just like everyone else. I just hope that I had it done before any permanent nerve damage was done. You need to stop playing around and suck it up and go see a neuro surgeon before it's to late. I had the same thing as you -bone spur, pinched nerve blown disc. The pain was unbareable without medication. I only had surgery five days ago and I don't know whats its going to be like in the future but if all goes well I will really kick myself for being such a sissy about going to have it done.

     
    Old 01-17-2005, 08:48 PM   #6
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    Re: Bone spur, arthritis, impinged nerve in neck

    Atlanta --

    Two days ago i had a C5-C6 discectomy and fusion with donor bone, and had severe bone spurs removed. My surgery resulted from an accident compressing my disk, and minor resulting cord trauma. I can tell you I was worried about the surgery and recovery, but I cannot tell you how good I feel at this time, even two days out. It's amazing. Not all recoveries are the same, but my pain is essentially gone, I hardly have a sore throat and I'm moving well. I'm very lucky, but I would strongly urge you to see a good neuro and consider the surgery needed.

     
    Old 01-21-2005, 08:45 AM   #7
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    Re: Bone spur, arthritis, impinged nerve in neck

    Thanks for your responses TimR and Murphylaw - I appreciate it. First I want to say that the pain I experience daily isn't as extreme as what you have described. I did go to a neuro surgeon a few days ago. It wasn't too successful. He said that the symptoms in my arm do not match the problems in my neck and had the gall to suggest that what I am experiencing is imaginary. Unfortunately I was shocked to the point of being speechless. The bone spur I have is on the left side of my neck and he is puzzeled that I have problems with the right arm. Hanging in limbo for now.

     
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