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Wednesday I had my 2nd cervical epidural c4&5. I have bulging

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Wednesday I had my 2nd cervical epidural c4&5. I have bulging discs, spinal stenosis in cervical spine and vertebrae are out of line. I went back to work yesterday and everytime I use my right arm to type or move mouse I get shooting pain down right shoulder and arm and right hand goes numb. Called Dr. 2 times , still waiting for call back. What should I do? Im at work again but working with left hand only. Any advice? Should I go to ER or is this normal?
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This is not normal. You need to consult your doctor's office who administered epidural or go to ER. Shooting pain down right shoulder and arm and numbness right hand, denote pinched nerve or inflammation (and resultant swelling around the nerve root). This can also be due to a mild damage to the nerve root during the procedure. You would need a strong analgesic like Tramadol and if this does not subside in next 24-48 hours; an MRI may be needed with the nerve conduction study.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

thank you. if he doesnt call me soon i will go to er


You are very welcome. Yes, that would be right.

It is privilege assisting you.