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Katiekins

766d

Hi all, does anyone else experience other neurological symptoms due to the cervical radiculopathy? I have muscle twitches and now weakness all of my body and my dr insists it all goes back to my pinched nerve and cervical stenosis. Please help!! Thanks

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    • ICC4SCI

      699d

      Physical Therapy can help with pain management if you have burning/tingling/ electric shock (everyone feels nerve pain differently) in your arms. The muscle weakness can get worse. Related to root nerve C5-C7, I had radial palsy 12/2020. Lost use of my right hand, lasted months (on and off for about a year) even with Physical Therapy. I broke my neck, crushed C4 with spinal cord impingement in 2015. I had an Anterior Cervical Disk Fusion at C4-C5. I had to get trigger point injections for increased nerve pain (mine feels like my nerves are on fire) with good effect. I think I will have to go back soon as I'm having tightness and pain in my shoulders and neck again. The nerve pain gets worse. Also, you should be seeing a neurologist, not a chiropractor. Especially when it comes to your neck. Most, not all, chiropractors are not Medical Doctors. A neurologist would order an MRI or CT scan, an x-ray isn't gonna show narrowing of your cervical spine or if spinal cord/nerve roots are effected. Cervical stenosis can lead to paralysis (of upper and/or lower extremities)if not treated properly. My spine doctor is a physiotherapist, he specializes in spine issues. Please make an appointment with a neurologist, especially since damage to cervical spine can be permanent if not treated correctly.

    • ICC4SCI

      699d

      Physical Therapy can help with pain management if you have burning/tingling/ electric shock (everyone feels nerve pain differently) in your arms. The muscle weakness can get worse. Related to root nerve C5-C7, I had radial palsy 12/2020. Lost use of my right hand, lasted months (on and off for about a year) even with Physical Therapy. I broke my neck, crushed C4 with spinal cord impingement in 2015. I had an Anterior Cervical Disk Fusion at C4-C5. I had to get trigger point injections for increased nerve pain (mine feels like my nerves are on fire) with good effect. I think I will have to go back soon as I'm having tightness and pain in my shoulders and neck again. The nerve pain gets worse. Also, you should be seeing a neurologist, not a chiropractor. Especially when it comes to your neck. Most, not all, chiropractors are not Medical Doctors. A neurologist would order an MRI or CT scan, an x-ray isn't gonna show narrowing of your cervical spine or if spinal cord/nerve roots are effected. Cervical stenosis can lead to paralysis (of upper and/or lower extremities)if not treated properly. My spine doctor is a physiotherapist, he specializes in spine issues. Please make an appointment with a neurologist, especially since damage to cervical spine can be permanent if not treated correctly.

    • Ange._E

      707d

      I do! Typically weakness and issues with my arms. My chiropractor (did not go with physical therapy) has made things a lot better focusing on my neck. And he does regular x-rays to track progress.

      • ICC4SCI

        699d

        @Ange._E https://www.spine-health.com/blog/how-cervical-stenosis-myelopathy-affects-your-body Please read the article, it could head off worse problems if treated correctly.

        • Ange._E

          699d

          @ICC4SCI thanks! This is a great article! So for clarification (because rereading my comment I’m now seeing I did NOT explain well lol), my physician in internal medicine made the diagnosis. PT was recommended in addition to the chiropractor who is also a physiotherapist which is why I made the distinction that mine does scans because not all do. My pcp wanted me to see him on top of PT because he would work with me to relieve the pressure that was being put on my nerves. We were all happy with the progress because it saved me from needing surgery. Didn’t mean to imply seeing a chiro over a physician, so you’re def right. I also have a neuro degree so I’m not just out here trying stuff all willy nilly but it helped me out.

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