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Pain at the base of neck extending to shoulder, forearms, numbness in legs. Habit of smoking. What is the cause?

Hey doc two months ago I began to notice a small pain at the base of my kneck as the weeks passed it gradually got worse and began to move to my shoulder and then down my arm along the outer part of the bicep and the top of the forearm at that time which was a week ago the pain had gotten so bad I went to my primary doctor who then sent me for x rays once she read the x rays she said that everything looked good structurely oh yeah the x rays were taken of the top of the spine well then this morning I wake up and the top half of my right leg is numb starting about 6 below my waist linbe and ending at the top of my knee any idea as to what is going on with me ? note I am 45 yrs of age 6ft 215 lbs I smoke a pack of figs every two to three days I drink 4 drinks a night.
Asked On : Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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Thanks for your query
As per discussion you should have Cervical spondylosis
Diagnosis can be confirmed by MRI neck
Cervical spondylosis is a disorder in which there is abnormal wear on the cartilage and bones of the neck (cervical vertebrae). It is a common cause of chronic neck pain.
Cervical spondylosis is caused by chronic wear on the cervical spine. This includes the disks or cushions between the neck vertebrae and the joints between the bones of the cervical spine
Risk factor includes-Being overweight and not exercising,Having a job that requires heavy lifting or a lot of bending and twisting,Past neck injury
Symptoms often develop slowly over time, but they may start or get worse suddenly
learning to take care of your neck and back at home and prevent repeat episodes of your pain
treatment include-painkiller, cervical coller , gabapantin, low dose steroid, muscle relaxant etc on doctor prescription
Answered: Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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