Severe pain radiating down upper arm to pointer finger and thumb
Severe pain radiating down upper arm to lower arm with some tingling in pointer finger and thumb
I'm 54 have a scoliosis. I also have a vertebrae between my shoulder blades that is painful to touch. For the past few weeks I've been experiencing severe pain and burning in my shoulder running down the front of my upper arm, into my lower arm and the tingling is in the lower arm and thumb and pointer finger. I'm fine if I am sitting (slumping) in my recliner, but if I get up and do anything with that arm, like reach for something, its excruciating.
It does seem to get worse when I'm looking up or at what I'm reaching for. If I keep my head down close to my chest it is not as bad.
I've been going to a new chiropractor, but so far it hasn't helped. It is so painful to lay on my stomach on his adjustment table, as well as on my back. I haven't been able to lay on my back for more than an hour or so for years because it becomes very painful, but this pain is in my arm.
I'm kind of feeling at the end of my rope. I can't have an MRI because of staples from a surgery in 1978. I do think this is coming from my neck as I've had a mild form of it before, but it went away with adjustments. It also helps temporarily if I do neck traction at home. It's never been this bad, or lasted this long. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I'm afraid you have the classic symptoms of pinched C6 nerve root, and it's difficult no matter treatment you go for.
The signs are pain with looking up, and stretching out your arm.
I take it some X-rays have been taken. What do they show? Could you type in the report? Better still if you have the computer skills attach copies of the X-rays. Take photos with your camera, and then simply attach the file. Send to Contact if necessary.
A few suggestions: 1. Don't carry anything heavy with arm. Shopping, pots...
2. Try to avoid looking up, and especially turning right and looking up.
3. Lying face down on chiropractic table: put the naughty hand on the head rest, rather than hanging down.
4. Lying face up on chiropractic table: cushion under your head, perhaps two.
5. Daily home traction, I find the lying down kind usually the best. With a pillow under your head. Classically up to 7kg, depending on a number of factors, but you may be able to slowly increase on that. Talk to your chiro.
6. This I can't tell you as proven fact, but I find less treatment is better rather than more. Intensive, frequent manipulation may increase the pain. Occasional chiropractic adjustments, probably with your head turned to the left is often the best, but not always.
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2. Mr S, a 48 year old man, has right low back pain, groin pain and a numb feeling in his lower leg when he sports. For six months he's been off football. He too has two problems; a very treatable lumbar facet syndrome and a very serious blocked artery in the groin; it's called intermittent claudication. Smokers beware.
3. Mr S looks like the leaning tower of Pisa; he has a slipped disc at L5 making him lean towards the opposite side. It's called the postero lateral disc hernia; we'll fix it, but he has to stop for a week or two. Antalgias are serious so take them seriously.
4. Mrs V too has two conditions; a chronic low grade sciatica giving her an ache in the right leg, and a threatening Morton's neuroma. She's glad I'm back in Holland; chiropractic fixed it before, and we'll fix it again.
5. Mrs W is one of the lucky ones, says her doctor. I agree. He says only 40% of patients with lumbar stenosis have a successful operation. We fixed a nasty slipped disc three years ago, but it came back two years later; the surgeon did a fine job but she has a weak ankle now giving her subtalar joint pain; it's routine stuff.
6. I myself had an acute exacerbation of a femoral nerve lesion last year. One immediate treatment of the new strain by my colleague has fixed the pain in the lower back, but there's some residual numbness in the lower leg; no soaring tomorrow alas.
7. This lady is a 86 year old woman with a 63 scoliosis. Chronic lower back has been her lot in life but she's well pleased with chiropractic and comes for chiropractic help once a month; some conditions you can never cure.
8. She is an 78 year old woman, is doing remarkably well with a bad sciatica. But over 200 pounds she is not losing weight; in fact, gaining despite my suggestions. She's high risk for a stroke. I have referred her to a dietician to crack the whip.
9. A 61 year old man with upper cervical pain yesterday; it's not severe but also not getting better of its own accord. He's afraid it may turn very acute as when I treated him three years ago. Since then it's been fine.
10. A 64 year old woman has had scheuermanns disease; it's left her with a spinal kyphosis and chronic middorsal pain. She responds well to chiropractic treatment provides she come every six weeks or so for maintenance treatment.
11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.
12. Mrs D, a middle aged woman with hip pain of one year duration, despite other treatment. Xrays reveal an impingement syndrome and early hip arthritis. There's much to be done.
13. Mrs B has had one of the nastiest of conditions; vertigo caused by a
disturbance in the inner ear. Falling repeatedly and vomiting she
consulted her doctor but medication didn't help. After two sessions of
the Epley manoeuvres she was 50 percent better. After two weeks 75 percent improved. No longer vomiting all falling. She's not enjoying the Brandt Daroff home exercises.
And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.
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