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Cervical Radiculopathy

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2014/12/03 18:49:15 (permalink)

Cervical Radiculopathy

Anyone ever suffered from this and how did you get on. In March of this year I was getting numbness and pins and needles in my hands with pains in my forearms. Initially the docs thought I had a trapped radial nerve in my right arm and so I was given nerve glides to do.
 
This showed no sign of improving and the doc thought it might of been multiple sclerosis as it started to effect my legs and feet with getting numbness and pains in the feet so he refered me to neurology.
 
It started to improve in September with less numbness and no pins and needles but I still get pains in the hands and occasionally my feet, im being prescribed Amitriptyline for the pain which helps a lot. Anyway when I saw the Neurologist last week I was told it was Cervical Radiculopathy and that he would not need to see me again unless refered again by my GP.
 
Having read a bit about it since getting the diagnosis im a bit confused. Is this an injury or ailment that can heal itself (if its muscular) from what I have read it sounds like its the discs in upper back/neck pressing on nerves. Or can it also just be muscles pressing on the nerve which I guess would be better for healing.
 
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    JimRat
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    Re: Cervical Radiculopathy 2014/12/03 19:22:56 (permalink)
    Did you have an MRI of your cervical spine to confirm it? 
     
    If symptoms are not severe than this can be treated with physiotherapy. If the nerve symptoms (pins and needles, numbness, weakness) are progressing then you may need re-referral back for MRI if you haven't had one. 
     
    One of my friends recently had an operation (discectomy + root decompression) for something similar as several weeks of physio failed to alleviate his symptoms. 
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    Mick of Gateshead
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    Re: Cervical Radiculopathy 2014/12/03 19:30:32 (permalink)
    Hi mate, no they never gave me an MRI all I had were nerve conduction tests and EMG which tests how the muscle works these were both done in my arms and hands, the numbness and pins and needles have got a lot better and they did coincide with neck pain, when the neck pain started to die off over a few month then the numbness eased though I do still get pain in the hands. Just hoping its a matter of time and that its not always going to be painful.
     
    I waited ages to see Neurology and as is typical the numbness started to ease when my appointment approached. Its strange how painful numbness can be, you would think the opposite. I did go for a xray (whilst waiting almost 4 month for my Neurologist appointment) which I suppose is not the best thing to get for nerve pain and the spine appeared ok from the xray. 
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