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cervical fusion/hand numbness and extreme pain

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  • Posted By: mscoco
  • February 4, 2007
  • 07:11 PM

So I just had anterior cervical fusion 4 weeks ago. I was in intense pain for about a year in my upper neck and quadrin. I am a hairstylist and in November of 06 I started experiencing numbness in my hands, arms, and chest. I thought I had Thorasic Outlet Syndrome, my doctor referred me for an MRI showing I had disc 3 4 5 herniated into my spinal cord causing the pain, I immediatly had surgery, returned to work 2 weeks later per doctors orders and I now I am right back where I started, same pain is back, hands are going numb, cold and get extreme pain in them. My neck doesn't hurt anymore, but my hands are always numb, had more test, they say I have moderate carrpel tunnel, hands are still numb and hurt, I wear the brace on the right hand, carpel tunnel is not bothering me I have had it for years and known it, i know the difference in the pain, so I think I may really have thorasic outlet syndrome, I have studied the diesease and I fit the symptoms, I don't want it. i don't, in fact I am so angry. I don't want any of this pain, This is just the beginning for doctors and diagnosis, so I am nervous and so far don't like the neurologist that says UMM you shouldn't be in pain or have numbness that is strange, ,..I have screamed and shouted alone and I am so fustrated,....what is wrong with me? I thought the cervical fusion was going to take care of the problem,...it seems worse......so I am bewildered.

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  • I had the cervical fusion surgery and that solved that problem. but.....I began having tingling in my small finger and the ring finger, hurting then a dullness in finger and palm of hand.....deep aching in my arm. Went to my orthopedic doctor and he had me see a neurologist for a EMG study. It showed my ulnar nerve was trapped at the elbow. Last of Oct 2006 this surgery was done so now am not having the pain, tingling, dull feeling. It ended up not being from the cervical fusion....they did the EMG study from the neck area down just to be sure something hadn't developed again up there. You may go and ask for them to do this study on you ....oh, they did both sides to compare even though right side was having no problems.Good Luck
    agypsygrl 79 Replies
    • February 4, 2007
    • 08:23 PM
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