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Posted on Fri, 8 May 2015
Question: I am 53yrs. old & I have a very bad spine. From the cervical to lumbar. A couple of years ago I was experiencing really bad pain in my arms. I couldn't touch my arm. All I could do was cradle my arm lightly with my arm bent like it would be if in a sling. Then this morning it happened again. It was my left arm & I couldn't rub it or touch it without making the pain even more excruciating. I bend my arm as if it were in a sling because if I let it hang down it hurts worse. I have in the past tried sitting beside my bathtub & just using the shower head to see if that would help. It didn't. This morning I got up, took my dogs out for their walk & my left arm started hurting & as time went by, it hurts worse & worse. All I could do was sit on my couch, cradling my arm lightly, & gently rock back, crying ( and I'm not a cryer normally), praying it would stop soon. After approximately 30 min.'s the pain started to slowly subside. Now an hour & a half later the pain is better except that my left arm is sore & I can't pick anything with it. If I try to raise my arm over my head, my bicep hurts horrible & I can't lift it completely up. About 2 yrs. ago this would happen quite frequently, but it's not happened since until this morning. I have asked my dr. about it & one thinks it may be stemming from my cervical spine because my neck hurts all the time. Along with my thoracic & lumbar spine. I'm scheduled for an MRI on my lumbar spine April 24, this upcoming Fri. I was wondering if maybe I should try to get an MRI on my cervical spine also. I've not had on on my neck in probably 6 yrs. All I know is when this pain starts it is debilitating & hurts worse than most other pains. I always worry about what to do if it were to ever not stop hurting. I would definitely have to go to the ER & I do not like having to do that. Any ideas as to what this pain is & what should I do about it? Should I go to a specialist & if so, what kind? Thank you so much for your time!!
Sincerely, XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi (21 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes I will advise MRI whole spine screening to see for any nerve compressio

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

I have studied your case.

This pain can be due to compression of nerve in spine due to disc bulge.

Yes I will advise MRI whole spine screening to see for any nerve compression leading to back pain and neck pain.

You need to consult orthopaedic specialist for clinical examination and further investigation.

Medication like methylcobalamine with muscle relaxant and neurotropics like pregabalin will reduce pain; you can take them consulting your treating doctor.

You may consult physiotherapist for further guidance. He may start TENS, or ultrasound which is helpful in your case.

I will advise to check your vit B12 and vit D3 level.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Take care.

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Brief Answer: Yes I will advise MRI whole spine screening to see for any nerve compressio Detailed Answer: Hello, I have studied your case. This pain can be due to compression of nerve in spine due to disc bulge. Yes I will advise MRI whole spine screening to see for any nerve compression leading to back pain and neck pain. You need to consult orthopaedic specialist for clinical examination and further investigation. Medication like methylcobalamine with muscle relaxant and neurotropics like pregabalin will reduce pain; you can take them consulting your treating doctor. You may consult physiotherapist for further guidance. He may start TENS, or ultrasound which is helpful in your case. I will advise to check your vit B12 and vit D3 level. Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries. Take care.