My friend, 55 M, has a cervicothoracic syrinx (cyst) in his neck due to a previous trauma. He has severe burning in his upper arm and armpit, deadness (lack of feeling) in his right hand, and pain in the back of his neck. The neurosurgeon in UVA says the only option is surgery but wishes not to do so beacuse of an incrased chance of morbidity and less successful surgery. On the other hand, if his symptoms continue to worsen he will do the surgery.
His symptoms are getting worse almost daily. He has trouble sleeping and can find little or no relief from the neuralgia. The doc has him taking pain pills and two pills of neurontin every night to help sleep. The meds make him blurry headed though and he is becoming intolerably crabby.
Is this familiar to anyone? Did you find relief from something other than surgery? Have you had surgery for this? If so, where was the surgery done and by whom?
Tx for your help.