Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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You have to match the symptoms with the spinal pathology to make a differential diagnosis. This differential diagnosis means “there are suspected culprits in a line-up and you are trying to identify the one who perpetrated the crime”. In your case, the differential includes nerve compression in the neck (cervical radiculopathy-see website), peripheral neuropathy (see website) and some other form of metabolic pain syndrome (polymyalgia rheumatica or other disorder).

You have significant nerve compression of the C7 nerves bilaterally (“At C6-7 a broad based disc-osteophyte bar causes marked bilateral C7 foraminal narrowing”). You also have left C6 nerve compression (“moderate to marked degree of left C6 foraminal narrowing”). Are your symptoms similar to compression of these nerves (see “symptoms of cervical nerve injuries” to compare to these symptoms).

Also see the topic “peripheral neuropathy” to understand this disorder.

Dr. Corenman

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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.