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dana21ddana21 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in New Member Introductions
i was told 4 years ago that i had carpel tunel in both hands after visiting emerg dept at local hospital. I had saverer pain in my left arm& shoulder i thought i was having heart attack.I also had xray on my neck & was told i had slight touch of arthrits as well.I have since had both hands operated on for carpel tunnel with good results.My last op was in may 2010. Since then i have been having unbearable pain in my neck& down my left arm i had a CT scan & was told the results were left disc herniation C6/7&compression on my spinal cord & nerve roots it was a big shock. I am 54years,female,acctive. My GP has put me on a lot of meds& i am to see a specialist as soon as possiable. If anyone can tell me what mite happen from here i would be gratefull thanks. dana21 (australia)


  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You'll find a lot of information on this site with articles and videos and the members of the forum are very helpful, knowledgeable and supportive. I'm glad you found us.

    All my problems started suddenly with my cervical problems so I certainly understand the shock of the sudden onset of spine problems and how scary it is to know that something is pressing on your spinal cord.

    Unfortunately, nobody here can tell you what will happen from here for you. We each have our own experiences, but the standard procedure is to get an MRI, then see a specialist (like you're doing) and usually they'll try all conservative measures to see if anything helps. These can include physical therapy, injections, traction, etc.

    My hope is that you'll find a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, either ortho or neuro, but one who only works on spines. (Seeing a surgeon doesn't necessarily mean surgery.) Everyone here will tell you that it's very important to have 100% confidence and trust in your doctor.

    My surgeon is part of a spine clinic and he specializes in severe cervical problems. Other members of the clinic include physiotherapists and physical therapists. So they run the gamut, from PT, to injections and finally surgery.

    I can tell you that it is a concern when you have cord compression and I also had severe pain and weakness in my left arm, as well as tingling and numbness in my right arm. Your doctor will look at the imaging of your cervical spine, do some testing like flicking your fingers and strange stuff like that, and then tell you what s/he suggests.

    I wish you luck with the specialist and please keep us posted as to what s/he says. We're here to support you whatever the outcome. So hang in there and let us know what happens, ok?

    Take care,
  • Sorry to hear you're having neck issues. I have the same C6 with nerve impingement at C7 and left outside elbow pain. I got Physiotherapy for my neck and the PT was able to take some of the pain and numbness from the arm with neck exercise and gentle manual traction helped in my case. I hope you get in to see the Spine Specialist Dr. soon for an assessment. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you have been given some good advice already. i am glad you stopped by. being around others who feel as bad as you do can often make you feel better.please have a good look around and make yourself at home.. good luck! Jenny :)
  • I would like to say thankyou to everyone that sent their kind words of support to me at this stressing time for me. Your support has made me understand that i am not a alone at this time or in the future if i need to talk to someone that understands what and how i am feeling. I found that your personal veiws helped me at a time that i need to be reasured that i dont have to go though all my worries alone. Again I would like to say thakyou. Thankfully yours; Dana21
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