mnjodyParticipantApril 17, 2021 at 7:53 amPost count: 19
About three weeks ago, my right hand started feeling numb, then I started to get severe pain in my elbow (wakes me up at night), half way up the back of my upper and lower arm. I now have trouble picking up things – like a pot on the stove, a full bottle of water, I find myself using my left hand to help my right out. I never had issues with my right side before, it’s always been my left side. I had an MRI in December, which is below. Could these issues be stemming from the neck?
MRI from 12/2020:
1. Postoperative findings of the cervical and upper thoracic spine from C5
through T2 levels. Central bulging annulus at C5-6 and to a lesser extent at
C6-7 contributing to moderate canal narrowing at C5-6 with mass effect along the
ventral aspect of the cord at this level. Repeat CT may be helpful for further
characterization if clinically indicated.
2. Multilevel neural foraminal narrowing is also present, greatest on the left
at C4-5 and C6-7.
EXAM: MR CERVICAL SPINE WITHOUT IV CONTRAST
COMPARISON: Radiographs 12/14/2020, previous MRI 12/31/2019, CT 12/29/2019.
Skull base-C2: No focal abnormality.
C2-3: No canal or neural foraminal narrowing.
C3-4: Left-sided uncovertebral hypertrophy contributing to mild to moderate
left neural foraminal narrowing. No significant canal narrowing or right neural
C4-5: Regional hardware-related artifact limiting detailed evaluation. No
significant canal narrowing identified on sagittal imaging. Bilateral facet and
uncovertebral hypertrophy contributing to neural foraminal narrowing, moderate
to severe on the left, mild to moderate on the right.
C5-6: Operative level. Postoperative findings with central bulging annulus with
flattening along the ventral aspect of the cord best demonstrated on image 23
series 6/7, image 7 series 3/5. Overall moderate canal narrowing with retention
of small amount of CSF posterior to the cord at this level.
Uncovertebral hypertrophy contributing to mild left neural foraminal narrowing.
No significant right neural foraminal narrowing.
C6-7: Operative level. Postoperative findings with central bulging annulus
without significant mass effect on the cord, partial effacement of the thecal
sac compatible with mild to moderate canal narrowing. Bilateral uncovertebral
hypertrophy, left greater than right contributing to moderate to severe left
neural foraminal narrowing, mild right neural foraminal narrowing.
C7-T1: Operative level: No significant canal or right neural foraminal
narrowing. Mild left-sided uncovertebral hypertrophy contributing to mild left
neural foraminal narrowing.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorApril 17, 2021 at 10:41 amPost count: 8455
First, what side of the hand is involved? Is it the thumb side or the little finger side? Is there any pain or numbness radiating from the neck to the hand or do the symptoms originate from the elbow?
What surgical procedure(s) do you undergo and when did you undergo them that indicate “post-operative changes”? What were your original symptoms and what was your outcome after surgery?
Symptoms can be generated from the elbow, the wrist or the nerve roots in the neck. See
Your symptoms could be related to any of the above. Further information you supply can hone the origin down.
Dr. CorenmanmnjodyParticipantApril 17, 2021 at 2:12 pmPost count: 19
In December 2019 I had ACDF C6-T2 and then added on c5-6 4 days after the first surgery. All symptoms prior to that were left sided. I still have left sided issues including numbness and tingling, into my thumb and pointer finger. I also get headaches very often. My new pain is right sided, very strong pains, runs down the back of my arm through my elbow into the mid forearm. My outer arm is numb and thumb and pointer fingers are numb but no pain to them.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorApril 17, 2021 at 5:22 pmPost count: 8455
“thumb and pointer fingers are numb”. Thats either a C6 radiculopathy or a carpel tunnel syndrome (see previous hyperlinks). You have had a C5-T2 fusion (ACDF) so the C5-6 level (the origin of the C6 nerve root) should be stable-unless it’s a pseudoarthrosis (non-fusion). The level obove (C4-5) would affect the C5 nerve root which does not radiate down below the elbow.
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