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I have suffered on/off with headaches/neck/upper back pain for several years and have had several courses of cervical traction/exercises/soft collar for sleeping which have helped very little. I recently had a second MRI approx 18mths after 1st (I believe 1st showed mild spondylosis) due to worsening neck pain/headaches/pins/needles/pain in my hands (I also have wrist splints mainly for sleeping).
The latest result showed small degenerative posterior disc osteophyte complexes at C4/5, C5/6, C6/7 levels which probably explains the crunchy sensation I get when moving my head.
There is bilateral exit foraminal narrowing at C4/5,and C5/6 with mild C5 nerve root impingement and moderate to severe nerve root impingementat C6 nerve root.
Although there is central canal narrowing at all levels mentioned luckily there is no evidence of significant cord impingement and vertebrae appear to be normally aligned and intact.
I am currently on Pregabalin 225mg at night but had to have a lower dose of 150mg for daytime due to side effects, this is supplemented when needed by gabapentin and or nefopam but I use these only in desperation and only when staying in the house as I suffer weird side effects and mild confusion, hence I have been unable to return to my job at present as I have to be able to work in a busy often stressful environment where I use a keyboard/screen and telephone plus lifting heavy files at times.
I am waiting for an appointment with a neurology surgeon due to pins/needles in hands and more importantly clawing/triggering of my ring fingers (mild on left but quite severe on right hand) which started around early October this year. My hands particularly the right are always cold even indoors (unless I am in a very warm room). I also find when my lower arm is eleveated as in using hairdryer or holding telephone my hand goes numb.
Although carpel tunel was considered for tingling in fingers (before triggering appeared) the nerve conduction tests of wrist nerves and ulna nerve at elbow were normal.
I was wondering if anyone else had similar symptoms and PARTICULARLY the clawing/triggering of fingers relating to neck pain?
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