Does Anyone Have Cervical Radiculopathy?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Maltese, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. Maltese

    Maltese New Member

    Hi all......with my Fibromyalgia, and Degenerative Discs...and Sciatica, and Scolosis, and Bulging and Herniated Discs, Migraine Headaches, and many other disorders...I have now been diagnosed with Bilateral Cervical Radiculopathy. It has been causing me great discomfort, and pain. My upper body too, now, has weakness, and my arms are very heavy. When I reach high into my kitchen cabinets......wow, I drop things.....and falling asleep, while sitting in a church, or movie. I also have Carpel Tunnel in my right hand......so this puts more pressure on that arm.....pain, numbness, and weakness. It is called, "Double Crush Syndrome". Anyone else with this? I am so stiff too. I can't get enough therapy/chiro/accupuncture, to relieve it. I even went yesterday for a massage, after getting my nails done. They do massages there too, but not too extreme. It's done on one of those massage chairs. Well, does anyone have any suggestions.....my orthopedic wants me to go to a pain management specialist. I hope it works......Bonnie (Maltese)
  2. Cinlou

    Cinlou New Member

    Hi Maltese,

    Yes, I have Cervical Radiculopathy, also along with DDD, FM, MPS, Carpel Tunnel.
    I am so sorry you are is so much pain. I have heard of the Double Crush Syndrome. When I went to the Neurologist I was asking if I could have that. He laughed at me. I told him not to laugh, that is not funny. He explained that he was not laughing at me. He was laughing because I knew what that was. He told me there are many doctors that don't know what Double Crush Syndrome is. I guess I impressed him with my knowledge.

    Thank goodness I don't have it. You must be in total agony!
    Do go see a Pain Management Specialist. I have found a doll of a PM Specialist, and he has really helped me with the radiculopathy. I have had two sets of cervical epidurals, and the secound one really helped. Now we are trying to get a handle on the Myofascial Pain.

    They can also do something with the nerves, freeze them or something like that..If you go to PM find a doctor that is an Anethesiologist..they usually are very good at finding relief for you...after all they are the ones that know about the meds that knock you out for surgery....I don't know where you are, I'm in California, I really like my doc, he hasn't given me any narcotics, but I am alergic to most of them.
    Take care and let us know how you are doing... That Double Crush Syndrome is horrible,I pray that you find someone to help you and soon!
    Take care,
    Cindy



  3. Cinlou

    Cinlou New Member

    BUMP.....
  4. kirschbaum26

    kirschbaum26 New Member

    Dear Maltese:

    I also have cervical radiculopathy. 15 years ago, a neurosurgeon at Kaiser in LA wanted to operate. He decided include a myleogram as part of the pre-op tests. I was tested for iodine allergy and was told I did not have one.

    However, after the test, I was in bed for 21 days and unable to even open my eyes without throwing up. I was rused to the ER (at Kaiser) and even though I told them I had undergone the test, they were sure I had menegitis and did a spinal tap...geez. I was able to put off having any surgery by going to a different doctor (my insurance changed). He told me to wait until I could not turn my head, as the loss of motion would be about the same. However...he did say that if the pain got to be too much or the numbness and loss of strength started to affect my quality of life to go back to him and he would do the surgery. I have not gone back yet, but forsee that I might have to in the next few years. Loss of feeling and strength can indicate a serious problem...and you should have a neurosurgeon evaluate your condition.

    Here is some info that I have on the treatment of cervical radiculopathy.

    Good luck.

    Ingrid


    Treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy?
    Treatment focuses on both reducing compression on the nerve roots and relieving symptoms.

    Cervical radiculopathy may be treated with a combination of steroids or non-steroidal pain medication (NSAIDs) and physical therapy. Steroids may be prescribed either orally or injected epidurally (into the dura, which is the membrane that surrounds the spinal cord). While pain medications may help provide short-term comfort, narcotic pain medication should be avoided for conditions in which long-term pain must be managed.

    Physical therapy might include gentle cervical traction and mobilization, exercises, and other modalities to reduce pain.

    If significant compression on the nerve exists to the extent that motor weakness results, surgery may be necessary to relieve the pressure by either removing the offending disk material or enlarging the space where the nerve root exits the vertebrae. This may be called a laminectomy, because the lamina, which is a portion of the bone in the vertebra, is often removed in order to make more room for the exiting nerve root. If the pressure is more severe and disc space narrowed more, an anterior discectomy and fusion can be done.

  5. TXFMmom

    TXFMmom New Member

    I had a very severe case and had bilateral thoracic outlet with it, as well.

    I went to a pain management guy, the majority of whom are anesthesiologists, and had all mycervical facet joins injected, and then the neck manipulated while sedated, by a very good, knowlegeable chiropractor and BOTH WERE RELIEVED IMMENSELY.

    Sometimes, steroid injections and warnth, massage, and pt can get this to be relieved.

    If they can, an anterior cervical laminectomy, if the lamina is the problem, is highly preferable.
  6. Maltese

    Maltese New Member

    Hello Cindy, and thank you very much for your input, and advice. I do have a good PM doctor......who had given me, direct shots, similar to the one you mentioned, right in my lower area of spine. It helped too for a while......but, I had to go back after 5 or 6 months. I do feel, though, that if you want to stay on your feet longer, the pain management doctors are the ones to go to. I am not ready for surgery, as that is more intense, and should be held off, for as long as possible. There are always some slight risks, when you decide to go for surgery.

    Anyway, again thanks, and I will keep you posted. Bonnie (Maltese)
  7. Maltese

    Maltese New Member

    Hi everyone! Thanks to you all for your good advice, and also for opening up to me......about your own knowledge on this. I will keep in touch and let you know, about the results of the Pain Doctor. Bye and Hugs, Too! Maltese