JellyhallParticipantJanuary 11, 2018 at 4:52 amPost count: 70
Hello Dr Corenman,
I am hoping you will be able to help and advise me.
I have already had an ACDF on C3/4 and C4/5. The two levels below are now extremely degenerated and the discs are almost gone completely with lots of osteophytes.
I am suffering with bad pain in my left hand. I do know that some of the pains I get are definately coming from my neck, but I am wondering if this extreme pain could be also coming from my neck.
I am finding that doing just about anything involving my left hand is extremely painful. Even personal care is now very difficult. Particularly if I try to open my thumb and forefinger to grib something, I will get bad pain that will cause me to stop trying. Other movements can also cause a lot of pain. The pain is mostly in my thumb abd hand under my forefinger, but I have also experienced it at the bottom of my third, fourth and little finger. (I suspect that is definately from my neck)
Over a year ago, I had similar problems with my right hand (I am right handed). I had an X-ray but it didn’t show up the cause of this pain. It was assumed that the pain was coming from my neck. That hand has settled right down now, and although I do sometimes get a similar pain in it, it is not so problematic.
I know that a symptom of radiculopathy can be a weakened grip, but I feel that this is more that my grip is restricted because of the pain that it causes.
What do you think?Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorJanuary 14, 2018 at 8:08 pmPost count: 6457
The levels below (C5-6 and C6-7) allow exit of the C6 and C7 nerves. The symptoms of nerve compression can be found in these two threads; https://neckandback.com/conditions/symptoms-of-cervical-nerve-injuries/ and https://neckandback.com/conditions/radiculopathy-pinched-nerve-in-neck/. See if these symptoms fit with a cervical radiculopathy.
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