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I have a lot of neck pain. I had an EMG that showed

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I have a lot of neck pain. I had an EMG that showed chronic
Redulopathy of the C6-C7 and L4-L5.
I lose complete feeling of my hands at night.
I also had an MRI which shows very mild focal central disc protrusion which indents the ventral thecal sac, approaching , but not touching the ventral cord and resulting in very mild central stenosis with AP dimensions of the thecal sac at C5-C6
and very mild focal central disc protrusion, which
indents the ventral sac and approaches the cord. The C6-C7 has very mild focul disk protrusion , which indents the ventral thecal sac, approaches the ventral cord. The anterior posterior dimentions of the thecal sac is 9.4 Mm compatable with mild central canal stenosis. Is this causing the pain and what is recommended?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 10 months ago.
Hi--the hand problem is only at night? Are only you hands affected and no neck pain?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have A LOT of neck pain, my hands do go numb at other times as well. But when I lye down, they go so numb
I can't feel them at all. Also having severe headaches and
Nausea as well
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 10 months ago.
OK Susan. Has your doctor discussed these findings with you and have you had any therapy for the problem?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No, I won't be able to see a Dr. For over a month due to insurance. I have not had therapy
But did get IV steroids and I am on steroids to help.
I do have Lupus as well. They similar finding in my L2-S1
With out stenosis. But my feet go numb as well. And I feel pins
And needles everyday. Not stable on my feet always.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 10 months ago.
OK Susan, yes, the disk protrusions and the thecal sac indentation can be causing all your symptoms. I would refer you to a physiatrist--a physical medicine and rehabilitation MD specialist--for a customized therapy program that should alleviate your symptoms.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Do you think I will need surgery?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 10 months ago.
Most likely not
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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
My concern is this has been going on
For over a year. Does that matter?
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 10 months ago.
Not really--you need the therapy first which I feel certain will be effective

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