Cevrical Radiculopathy

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Cevrical Radiculopathy

Postby Reedsgirl916 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:21 pm

I am 39 yrs old and had pain in my neck and shoulder. Thinking that it was just stress I let it go. This past Friday I woke up in such horrible pain that that I was throwing up. My boyfriend was at work by this time and thankfully my roommate was still home. She saw the pain that I was in called out of work and took me to the ER. We found out that I have Cervical Radiculopathy along with a bone spur in my neck pushing on my spinal canal. I know that I'm looking at surgery at this point already. I have lost a about half of my strength in my right hand due to this. I can't even lift a glass of water.
Does anyone have any suggestions of what I can do to try to avoid the surgery? After reading up on it I'm very scared at the thought of it. Exercise? Anything..
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Postby sharad_chadha » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:50 pm

Keep some patience and bear the pain for some time while you start your exercises. I am 41 and I too had the same problem. MRIsvan had revealed cervical disc prolapse at c5-c6 with thecal indentation and a disc bulge at C6-c7. I had severe pain on my upper back and shoulders (right side) and numbness in both my arms; I could barely sleep. I persisted with isometric neck exercises my neurosurgeon told me for a month which resulted in about 40% improvement. Then I saw this site and got hold of the book Rebuild your Neck; the book had some additional exercises from what my doctor had prescribed. I started with these new exercises as well since 2 weeks now and I have had about another 40% improvement. At this stage I do not feel any pain in performing my routine activities.
It is important to gather your strength, have a bit of patience and you should be able to avoid surgery. My doc told me that some people take up to 6 months to recover using this conservative treatment for cervical disc related problem.
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