Patient Comments: Radiculopathy - Diagnosis

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How was your radiculopathy diagnosed? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Gilbert , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 15

I was suffering from hand numbness, hand tremors and severe pain in my shoulder blades and neck. After several weeks of pain I went to the doctor. X-rays revealed bone degeneration in my cervical spine C5, C6 and C7. I was referred to a neurosurgeon and had an MRI. The pain from radiculopathy was the worst thing I ever dealt with. Further X-rays revealed the entire spine was affected by arthritis. I am having an MRI in a few days.

Comment from: rosa, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I was diagnosed with bilateral C7 radiculopathy on August 23. I was diagnosed based on EMG/NCS (electromyogram/nerve conduction study) test. The pain started on June 29. I could not lift either arm. The pain continued until around July 23 at which time it became tingling in the arms, which still goes on but only at night. My first neurologist did not believe the pain was that bad. I recently retained a second neurologist who has prescribed therapy for six months. The EMG/NCS is the gold standard for diagnosing radiculopathy.

Comment from: Pammiepi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

My radiculopathy was diagnosed after a severe burning backache (full spine) which was so incredibly painful, it prohibited me from even sitting in a chair. I work from home and it was so bad I had to take a few sick days! Well, after 3 weeks it thankfully seemed to go away, only to be followed a few months later with a low aching, though sometimes stabbing lower back ache and significant leg numbness/tingling and weakness (left side). The doctors did an MRI (which revealed osteoarthritis) and also a nerve conduction study and EMG after my left leg went numb and seemed to give out sometimes, resulting in random falls. Also, maybe unrelated, I went to the emergency room one night and was diagnosed with Bell's palsy (left side). When the nerve conduction study came back and the EMG came back, they said the nerve conduction study was fine but the EMG revealed problems with my left side (leg). Mine is in the L4 and L5 region.

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