Cervical Spondylosis with Radiculopathy

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Hi All,

I had burning kind of arm pain few weeks ago for which I had been to hospital. Doctor advised me to go for an X-Ray which showed some disc herniation in my neck. I was on medication named Tylenol which didn't give much relief, post which I was asked to go for MRI which disclosed that I have CS with Radiculopathy. Along with neck pain, I have arm pain (sometime left and right) I sometime have pin pain in my chest (feeling like nerve pulling), mostly its left side and some time right. I also feel pain when I stop my breath and lean forward or squeeze. I feel headaches too

Does CS with Radiculopathy cause chest pain?? I even undergone Stress Echocardiography which came normal.

The spine specialist says chest pain in CSR does happen and nothing related to my heart. 

Does anyone experience chest pains like mine.

Pls help, I am tooooo worried.

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    I sometimes get pain down one side of my chest or the other, from under the armpits right down the side, very painful. It happens mostly when I stretch too far, so it appears to be caused by pulling a muscle or two. It was so bad one night I had to call an ambulance but the pain subsides usually after about 10 minutes. My doctor agrees, as it doesn't seem to be anything else. I hope this helps, but I'm only guessing that you may have a similar problem, if not sorry, please explain exactly where you get the pain, is it sharp or stabbing and how long does it last? Try to determine what sets it off, but try not to worry too much as it may just be to do with your nerves and or muscles  and will subside when the muscles relax.
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      Hi Alan

      Thanks for your response.

      I have pain either on left or right side of the chest (near the armpit) and in the hands and sometime fingers too. Its for few mins doesn't last long and its on and off, I feel, if I strech the chest I feel little better. I feel dizzy too, to which the doctor said its all related to CSR.

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    Yeah sounds similar to what I get among the mainy pains we endure with CS. Had a very bad day today because I was stressed and tired.  Had the workmen in changing my bath to a walk in shower (at last) since Monday (Jackhammer first 2 days). Try not too worry I guess it's just the nerves and muscles saying don't do that and it goes after a short while. Hope I've hepled a bit, take care.
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      Hi Sam,

      Thanks, it's helped me reading that other people suffer the same pain as me. Also I read that some had suffer a vehicle accident years ago and put that down as the cause of developing CS in later years. I was surprised because I could never understand what caused it in me so young. I was in a car which turned over one night back in 1975, so at least now I can be fairly sure that was the cause of my CS.

      I went to see my spine consulatant a few months ago, he explained that because there is 3 regions involved C4/5, 5/6, 6/7 it would be risky to operate and possibly not help much anyway, he would only operate if it had been 1 or 2 or there was a danger of me becoming paralised.

      Dizzy? yes very bad at the moment, so trying to take it easy. I think the recent cold snap has made things worse. But the headaches are what cause me the greatest problem as it's so hard to think sometimes and stops me from doing so many things.

      What medication do you take and does it help? I'm on Tramadol and Ibuprofen which help somewhat, certainly in much more pain when they wear off. I don't like Tramadol though they can't be good for you long term and I've been on them about 3 years.

       

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      Hi Alan,

      Even I have problem at Level C4/C5, C5/C6 and the spine specialist here says its pretty common and the surgery is not risky.

      I am not on any medication as doctor said taking pain killers for long time is not good.

      I am still worried as why I am getting chest pains sometimes on left and sometimes right. As I told earlier I had several tests panicking if the chest pains are related to heart (ECG, Stress Echocardiography, Exercise Stres test) all came normal.

      I have headache and diziness too, but chest pain is making me panic a lot. Did you experience in your case??

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      Hi sam,

      Yes, I first started with the chest pains about 10 years ago, and ended up in A&E a few times, looking a bit stupid as the chest pains subsided and everything (heart lungs etc) including ECG was healthy.

      Also had many blood tests all coming back negative. It was natural to think it was something to do with the heart, can be very scary with strong chest pains.

      One day as I was having a wash getting ready to go for a blood test actually, I reached down too far and the chest pain hit suddenly on both sides of my chest. I don't mind saying I was in terrific pain and I did scream out loud, but I managed to fall onto my settee and the pain subsided after about 10 minutes.

      Sheer agony, I hope it never gets that bad again. It's definately not related to the heart but understandable to panic and think it was (I did at first). It's only the muscles and nerves related to CS, but it is scary.

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      Hi Alan,

      Really its so painful to go thru the chest pain on and off all day through. I am so worried about the chest pains that I wanted to see cardiologist again, but your response gave a sigh of relief.

      Do you still experience chest pains?

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    I have been diagnosed with c6 c7 disc bulge with nerve impingement and ddd in all higher discs. I am getting chest and upper back pain which also alternates sides along with arm pain, tingling in the fingers, weakness in arms ( alternating) and headaches.  It started with the headaches and gradually got worse. Going to see neurosurgeon on 26th nov. It's not like the pain is excruciating but it's very unpleasant and it's persistency is concerning. Hard trying to work and look after  3 year old (only 35)  I have had one thing or another related for 18 months. Anyway, my symptoms feel very much like yours so thought I would share. Good luck with finding relief 
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      Hi Rach,

      Sorry to hear that you too going thru the same. Its really painful having this all day. In my case its not very very painful, but I do have pains in chest, neck, arms, head and diziness which all are on and off.

      I get worried when I feel pain in chest thinking its related to heart.

      Good luck, keep sharing your experiences.

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    Yes ,I was only diagnosed 6 months ago ,but having chest pains for years .mainly on left side ,from middle of sternum ,round under the left armpit .its hard to describe ,like a dead leg in my chest would be a good analogy .lasts for about 10 mins then ok ,until the next one .good luck ,
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    Hi there

    I too was hospitalised with radiculopathy radiating from my spine as I have Forestiers disease, my heart rate was alittle wonky but ok.  My disc herniation in my neck is at c5 and causes extreme pain in my left arm and numbness and tingling in my thumb index and middle finger.

    I also have the same problem in my legs due to stenosis and herniations in my lumbar region.  The thoracic area causes extreme nerve pain into the right side of my chest and into my ribs, have been hospitalised a few times with this.  If you have any worries keep harrassing the doctors til they do more tests and check to see how much damage to the spine and spinal cord there is.  Take care!

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