- Jan 8, 2015
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Ben, what is happening with your hand? I tried looking back at your posts but it wasn't evident. The reason I ask is because I recently had disc replacements in my upper back/neck area.I’m back to the hand dr saying it’s my neck and my neck dr saying it’s my hands. I’m pretty down right now as I feel like they are going to waste my time redoing tests and won’t get what I need. The dr spent a lot of time with other patients and about an hour late got to me and spent maybe 30 seconds. I was waiting for the nurse to schedule am emg but I had to go because my parking two hours were about up. She never got back to me... But meanwhile I did what the “neck doctor” aka neurosurgeon had me do and wore my neck brace. It helped some, but my pain is mounting and I don’t think the hand surgeon was really listening. He was busy and I felt he took a short cut and blew me off... I won’t lie, I was not happy! So no... I’m getting no therapy and no relief...
Among the symptoms I was dealing with was weak hand strength, numbing and tingling, and even pain at times. Among a few other non hand related issues.
That went away with the replacement.
One thing I didn't know until months ago is there is a spectrum of MRI detail.
I got a "regular" MRI and the surgeon needed better images. So he sent me to a place that had higher definition MRI machines. Looking at the images from the better one, he showed me my spine as it sat inside my vertebrae. Looked like a smooth white tube. Until you got to the neck area. Then it looked like an liquid otter pop tube when you're holding it. It was like someone was pressing their finger in two places. Not flat, but just indented in those spots. Smooth in the rest.
After the surgery one of the first things I noticed is that the hand and arm issues were gone. The strength is coming back as the area heals.
I mention all this to point out a few things. This is your body. If your doctors aren't interested or capable, fire them and get better ones. That's what I've had to do and it's been well worth it. I only deal with the best doctor available with my insurance. And take the time to research them. I'm more than willing to do some of that research for you if needed.
If they are capable, make sure you're getting the right scans with the right equipment. X-rays couldn't show what was wrong with my back. And normal MRI wasn't defined enough. I probably glow in the dark these days lol.
Sorry I haven't been tracking along with your situation. But I hope this helps in some way.