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Had neck pain, disc degeneration, chest pain, arm pain, anxiety. What is going on?

I had neck pain (left side) that began 4.5 hours ago, I do have disc degeneration at C5 - C7 (cervical radialcolopathy). I applied heat to the neck and am now experiencing pain in my upper chest (left side) and it seems to be radiating down my left arm. I have also been having difficulty getting a good full breath the last few days (perhaps anxiety), should I be concerned that it's something more than anxiety? I am a 47 year old female, that smokes 15 - 20 cigarettes a day and drink socially.
Asked On : Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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Hello, you already have a C5-6 disc degeneration, a prolapse of the disc will cause radiating pain in the arm with associated numbness and weakness of the hand. Smoking will only aggravate your problem and 15-20 cigarettes will definitely reduce your pain threshold, will increase disc degeneration and also will cause anxiety and chest discomfort. First thing you need to urgently quit smoking, drink lots of water/fluids and meet a neurologist or a orthoapedician for examination and further management. Thank you, get well soon.
Answered: Tue, 2 Jul 2013
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