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  • anelsen15
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    My senior year of college I was wrestling with my godchild and friends in swimming pool, one of them grabbed my neck in from behind and pulled pack twisting and pulling back neck at same time. I continued playing with kids, but back home in evening all of a sudden I lost feeling in both arms and could not seem to move. I had what I would call a panic attack cause of this, the feeling seemed gone but I could still move them and took some aspirin and did not go to ER. THe next day places in upper back felt like a knife stabbing them and I had numbness in both arms. Could anything other than a nerve getting impinged cause this? Doctors have said if was disc would not be bilateral. Ive had alot of wierd symptoms since and does not seem like spine could contribute to all.
    MRI shows 2-3 mm protrusions in c5-6 and c6-7, and nerve conduction shows just slight irritation of c5-6

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    If you did not have immediate loss of motor function in the pool with the pool incident, we can rule out central cord syndrome.

    I am unclear what would cause delayed onset of full symmetric loss of motor control with sensory loss that resolved within a short period of time unless something like a stroke or TIA occurred.

    Possibly, thoracic outlet syndrome could cause this but this disorder is typically not symmetrical. You can review thoracic outlet syndrome on the website.

    Your MRI has ruled out substantial central disc herniations as a cause.

    I do not know what could have caused these symptoms. Please keep us informed if you find a specialist who determines the cause of these symptoms.

    Dr. Corenman

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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    Thanks for the reply.
    I have a herniated T6-7 disc impinging on spinal cord from injury long ago that does not give me much issues anymore. I have not had that checked after pool injury. I have been tested for MS, MD, RA, and several other things due to the increasing weakness both arms and legs, spacticity in legs, and alot of pain over entire spine. I have severe burning, itching and things crawling feeling in lower neck (especially right side) and the feeling of something catching when get up and down from sitting in low back, both feel very mechanical vs when disc herniation in thoracic did not restrict me in any way just high pain levels. We are repeating MRI of both since been about a year. Doctors are looking into it possibly being fibromyalgia, but some ED and incontinence ive developed has them baffled. Could there be any issue of possibly stretching the nerves of neck when kid had arm around neck and started yanking backwards with foot pushing off in my lower back?
    Im very proactive and was doing yoga, exercising , anti inflammatory natural supplements etc and I know I can rehab if I just find out whats going on but no rehab or conservative measures seem to do anything, its much different than my thoracic rehab.
    THe only thing that offers any relief is when I go to ER the injection they give offers about a half day of almost no symptoms and when I have had ESI it offers about a day. Inflammatory neurological condition is something I have heard also. 3 different doctors three different opinions on what it is. Frustrating to say the least. The only thing I can say for certain is that everything went south since pool injury.
    My next step is a muscle biopsy. Hopefully bring something to light.
    Thanks so much for this service, I am a memeber on spine health for a long time and I have passed news about this site. I hope thats ok. Its sad to see what chronic pain can do to some of the people on there . I think this is an invaluable reasource that Ive not seen anywhere else online. Thanks again

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