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I am experiencing a strange phenomenom which is that my speech has become a little slurred without a drink of alcohol! Has anyone with Cervical Spondylosis experienced anything similar. Pain in hands and arms too.

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    Yes I've had episodes of slurred speech and ended up in the emergency RM for fear of a stroke in my early 40's. They did a cat scan and blood tests, nothing showed thank god but the Dr on call did say I had a very bad neck and should see a surgeon.

    He never got into details and my primary never brought it up, nor did the chiropractor or physiatrists I was seeing at the time for severe whiplash in 1997. So they kept doing chiro treatments and pt.

    Here we are 10 years later I am diagnosed with congenital stenosis which had all along been causing myelopathy with symptoms waxing and waning but was told it was fibromyalgia all these years.

    I had pain in neck, arm hips, low back, legs, with weakness in all extremities, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, body aches, numbness, buzzing , vibrations in legs and arms, and dexterity and gait balance issues to name a few.

    Finally my symptoms were constant and severe enough that a Dr sent me for MRIs and immediately to the surgeon. 2 weeks later in Aug 2015 at age of 51 I had cervical fusion at c5-6 because of severe cord compression and the dr was surprised I was even able to walk with that amount of compression.

    Then a year later symptoms got worse and in sept of 2016 I had to have another surgery , a cervical posterior laminectomy with fusion at

    C3-6. 11 months post op now and its slow going but most of my symptoms are permanent because of how long I had the compression and symptoms.

    Have you had an MRI? If not I would to check for cord compression. I hope not for your sake..it really sucks. Be persistent and proactive, don't wait too long. Praying for you

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      Hi, thank you so much for your response for which I am most grateful.  I have Spondylosis which might well explain a lot of my symptoms and find it hard to sleep at night.  I have started to get a lot of pain in my hands too and weakness.  not feeling so hot at the moment.  I had an MRI on my brain but they were looking for signs of a stroke or a TIA as you rightly pointed out.  I know that I have complression of my cord so I will do as you say and pressure for an MRI.  I have a docs appointment tomorrow so will be doing some pushing and won't take no for an answer.   I an sorry you have suffered so much, it;'s really hard to get anywhere these days without the pushy attitude which it seems you must aquire.  I hope you improve.  thinking of you// Margaret

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    Hi Margaret

    Yes I have had that problem and it has not fully resolved with ACDF surgery - though the bladder urge to wee all the time has, thankfully. I have noticed some improvement though my chin still tingles and pain has not completely gone in arms and hands. Its only 3 weeks and having had some progress i remain hopeful that I will continue to improve - thats what the dr suggests will happen too.

    Take care

    Chris

    ps i was diagnosed at AnE by a neurologist as having migraine and it was my physio at another hospital who got me into the back clinic and properly assessed. Left to the first dr I would still be having the longest 24*7 continuous migraine - with no headache - ever known - at least to me 10 months non stop - so I am grateful for the relief surgery has given me. It is well recognised that this surgery comes too late for too many people

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