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    Old 03-17-2009, 06:15 AM   #1
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    Pain switching sides?!

    I have a herniated disc at C7 and am awaiting surgery in May. I normally have my pain on the right side but this morning I woke up with my left side/arm in agony!! Is it normal for the pain to switch sides like this or should I be concerned?

     
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    Old 03-17-2009, 08:53 AM   #2
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    Re: Pain switching sides?!

    just EXACTLY where is your actual hernation located with regards to it being like centrally located,or more left or right in nature? if this is indeed a centrally located type of hernation it would be very likely or common to also have symptoms on both sides. if it is not,there could be other reasons for that sudden onset pain in the non affected side.

    one thing i need to know is if the new left sided pain is similar to what you have been getting on the right? or is this different in some way(s)? the one thing that we tend to do when we are experiencing pain on one side or arm is to over use the "good' one way too much just because that one is not causing us pain. its simple compensating that we don't always even realize we are doing either. this could just be from overuse or you could have pulled muscle or irritated tendons in that shoulder/rotator cuff area too.

    these are just some possibilities for ya. knowing exactly where your herniation actually is really would help. do you have a copy of that MRI report they did on your c spine? if not,you really do just need to obtain one for yourself for your own medical files. i do this with every single test i have ever had to have which includes 16 MRIs done on various places but mostly my c spine area over the years. some findings do not ever actually get told to us either. its something that just goes on as sick as it is, with mostly any level of specialist. this is another reason i obtain my own copies too, just so I know everything that is in them.

    if you do have a copy, if you could type out word for word just what was in that summary at the very end of your report,it would really help alot. the way any rad describes a particular finding really can make a differce in how truley impactful it may be. Marcia
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    Old 03-17-2009, 10:34 AM   #3
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    Re: Pain switching sides?!

    I dont have the written report on the MRI will defintily get those. I always get everything on paper as well. Dr. did look them over with me and showed the herniation which was more on the right side. The pain on the left is the same as what I experience normally on the right side. I normally have shooting pains down to in between shoulder blades and down right arm, it has recently (last couple months) been so bad it tightens all the muscles in my neck and shoulders that I cant turn my head!! Im wondering if the herination is getting worse? I am familiar with the overcompensation but I dont believe thats it. Can a disk swell on both sides? Thanks for the help

     
    Old 03-17-2009, 08:33 PM   #4
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    Re: Pain switching sides?!

    I had pain that switched sides as my neck adjusted itself alot after years of chiro therapy. My c5-6 was pretty much non-existant and c4-5 and c6-7 took the load and degenerated with herniations as well. So depending on how things were positioned in my neck determined which arm hurt and where the numbness and tingeling was. My neck always hurt though. I had bone on bone at c5-6. My cousin had severe arm pain and the bottom of her feet were numb and she eneded up having a 30% notch in her spinal cord....... those were the only symptoms.
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    Old 03-18-2009, 05:52 AM   #5
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    Re: Pain switching sides?!

    So far my only problem is with C7 but Im worried that I may be doing additional damage waiting for surgery. I havent had any symptoms in my feet or legs (yet!) but my right arm is about dead! Will I be able to regain any of that strength? All this is soooo stressful.
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    Old 03-18-2009, 06:08 AM   #6
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    Re: Pain switching sides?!

    I'm sorry, I did not see in your post as to why you are waiting... If your needing your report, call the Dr and request one be given to you. I'd be pretty scared too. I was scared to have surgery, not to have surgery and all that comes with either decision. I was kinda stuck in the fear for a while.
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    Old 03-18-2009, 06:47 AM   #7
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    Re: Pain switching sides?!

    Not waiting for the report, waiting for surgery. May 19 was soonest Dr could do.
    FeelBad-I see in your signature that youve have a failed fusion? Ive been a little concerned about that can you tell me your experience and why you believe it failed?
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