Patient Comments: Radiculopathy - Symptoms


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Comment from: Andy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

I have had two broken backs and three lumbar vertebrae fused. Now I have my left foot pretty numb especially on the outside edge and have severe pain in my foot from radiculopathy that sometimes lasts for 10 to 12 hours. My calf muscle has deteriorated and now I have developed a limp due to the weakness in my leg and numb foot. I have had a test done and was told my nerve was dead going to my foot.

Comment from: DLR, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

My pain with radiculopathy has been so great when I stand. The pain is localized in my arm and it hurts so deep you really can't tell exactly where the pain is.

Comment from: Deefletch16, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I had a partial discectomy after a slipped disc and now have symptoms of radiculopathy like twitching in my leg constantly and cramping. I also have restless legs at night sometimes, and the affected leg is definitely weaker.

Comment from: Angelo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 20

I am experiencing chronic knee pain, extreme stiffness to buttocks and lower part of legs because of radiculopathy. Legs are very heavy when trying to run or walk. Inability to bend over without pain. I get some relief with anti-inflammatory medicines but not much.

Comment from: AnnH, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I have been seeing a chiropractor for the last 4 months. It got extremely expensive going twice a week, but it helped with the joint pain, but not with the nerve pain. I am going off to have a MRI scan tomorrow, doctor has put me down as radiation to arms and radiculopathy to changes. I am finding that I am having trouble with opening jars, also carrying shopping bags. The doctor has put me on Entrip 10 mg one tablet before bed. I am hoping that this will be sorted. The doctor has even suggested that I may want to look at a breast reduction to ease back/shoulder pain. On my bad days I feel like a 90 year old person, I can't leave the house. It is so depressing, it got that bad at one stage I wanted my husband to break my neck just to ease the pain.

Comment from: Bonni, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I have extreme pain with radiculopathy.

Comment from: Hirter, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I also have been diagnosed with intervertebral disc disorders with radiculopathy, thoracic region T 6-10. It is the worst pain I've ever had in my life! I have lost over 35 pounds in less than 3 months. The pain gets so bad all I can do is vomit and try to lie down but most of the time I have to sit as straight as possible and hope for some relief. I had my first epidural 2 weeks ago and it lasted for about 8 days. Today my doctor added Lyrica to my medications and physical therapy so we'll see. I hope the best for you!

Comment from: obzfun, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

I have been diagnosed with radiculopathy. What an awful thing! The thoracic pain is debilitating. I am bedridden when it strikes. It feels like someone stabbing me in between the ribs in my back with a hot fireplace poker. I can't do anything but cry. I lost 60 pounds in a few months. I couldn't eat, work, sleep, or anything. A TENS unit helps sometimes. I am still searching for treatments. One neurologist put me on Topamax, which is an anti-seizure medication. It has worked but has lots of side-effects. Maybe it will help some of you who are suffering too. No one really can understand how awful this pain is.

Comment from: anon, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

My husband had a battery of tests, one of them EKG. The next morning he got up and showed me a big red swelling on his chest where the lead had been put on the day before. I realized there was a tick in the middle and could not get it out as it was deeply embedded. They had used a razor to remove the hair in that spot and the tick found it and he had plenty of time to dig in. The doctor at a walk-in clinic removed the tick and gave him an antibiotic. Since this happened in January we were not expecting to see ticks.

Comment from: Raj, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 13

I don’t know really when rheumatoid arthritis (RA) got activated in me. But as I remember at the age of 10 may be. It has still been giving me pains, but not continuously. I will be fine for some years, but suddenly early in the morning I have a little pain, later slowly, day to day the pain increases. It takes off my happiness. I do exercise every day, but once pain starts and stiffness in joints, I can’t. As I heard there is no treatment for this, but with willpower I will kill the pain. Since 6months I got rheumatic arm pain, don’t know, how to make my arm movements. It has been so many years I feel, since I made my arm movements in all directions. It pains a lot, where I haven’t seen this pain in my 20 years of RA. My suggestion would be, fight against it with exercise and food control.


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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I was diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) in September, 2015 two cancerous cells. Their placement, on upper region of breast, 3 centimeters apart led me to decide on mastectomy and reconstruction. Since not invasive, surgery was not deemed medically urgent. Waiting was difficult but I experienced zero post-surgery pain and needed no pain medication. Scary diagnosis for sure. Reconstruction is a work in progress, but my TRAM flap new breast is truly beautiful, even just 8 weeks post-surgery!

Comment from: Jide J, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 26

With radiculopathy, the pain started from the lumbar area, on and off, now for sixteen years; sometimes slow, sometimes snappy. Now the pain has radiated to my left leg with the muscle at the back of the thigh being the most excruciating and seemingly unending. The sole with the toes are numbed. Pain pills don"t seem to be working.

Comment from: VAW1717, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 18

I was just diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy located at C7. My symptoms were pain in my biceps area of my right arm. I also experience numbness and tingling in my right arm as well as neck and upper back and right shoulder aching. I have a constant dull ache in my upper right arm, primarily located at the center of my biceps. I have always been a bit clumsy, but went to my doctor when I started to randomly drop things. Example being one day I was flat ironing my long hair and I dropped the flat iron out of my right hand (I am right hand dominate) and burned my left hand. My right arm and hand get fatigued quickly.

Comment from: Ebelleboo2, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

Since April, pain in my buttocks, back of thighs and calves has increased markedly. Since May, I have numbness in both lower arms and fingers as well as numb rectum. The pain is terrible when I change positions or first walk. I am on hydrocodone and must take more than I am prescribed due to the intense pain. I go for an MRI next Tuesday and will report on this site the results.

Comment from: missy0218, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

My back problems began when I was about 35. After mowing the lawn one day (something I loved to do) I began having pain shooting down my right leg. I went to a chiropractor later in the week when the pain began interfering with my ability to walk. He took an x-ray and asked if I had been standing up straight when it was taken. I said yes. The doctor then said my spine looked like a "Slippery When Wet" road sign. And that my back problems had just begun. In 2008 I found the back pain was back. We had taken our RV to travel and on the way back stopped to visit friends. I noticed my back/leg pain would occur every time I would get up. The stairs into our RV were a nightmare. I could not get up out of the car to walk. When we got home our primary doctor sent me for my first MRI. The findings revealed a congenital narrowing of the spine, scoliosis and a few other terms for ‘back is shot’. I have had multiple spinal injections for the pain - they no longer work. I had surgery in 2009 which provided limited relief. I had a third MRI this past June which showed the area above the surgical site is now getting worse and I'll need surgery soon. I'm not too happy with the idea of surgery. It didn't work in the past. But the pain is much, much worse now. It is awful trying to get out of bed in the morning because I can barely walk. I keep a walker beside my bed and it is never far away from my side all day. A TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit is my best friend. I'm afraid depression is taking a hold in all this mess. Can only hope it will get better.

Comment from: ladyj0815, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I was diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy/osteoarthritis in November of 2012. I thought I was having a heart attack! I had pain shooting down my left arm, tingling of my hand and fingers, jaw pain and left shoulder blade pain. My husband took me to the emergency room. They ruled out a heart attack as soon as I got there. They took x-rays and MRI and found that I have osteoarthritis. I was 43 at the time and I sit most of the day on my job, I haven't had any trauma to my body. The only thing I can think of as causing this is that I was diagnosed with having a mild case of scoliosis years ago.

Comment from: velma, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I started having burning pain that started in the middle of my back, radiating to my right rib area and then radiating to the abdominal area. I have been treated with Neurontin, but it doesn't seem to help my radiculopathy. I'm thinking of seeing a neurologist or neurosurgeon to see if they can help me. I'm at my wits’ end.

Comment from: chaz6115, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 23

I woke up with neck pain. Within a week pain increased into right shoulder blade. Chiropractic care was temporary. Epidural under x-ray minimized shoulder pain. Three weeks later I have not been able to sleep. The pain because of the radiculopathy is excruciating. Flat x-ray showed cervical anomalies. MRI had to be done sitting as MRI lying down was impossible due to neck pain. It showed degenerative issues at multi levels, arthritis, damaged disks cord impingement and nerve issues. I am scheduled for cervical fusion. I am also scheduled for a cervical injection while waiting for surgery; nerve block. I am trying chiropractic therapy and conservative solutions using cervical traction using DRX9000 and anti-inflammatory medications. Pain medications were increased and pain patch ordered. The hardest part is, anti-inflammatories must be stopped 10 days before neck injection and surgery.


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Comment from: mjam, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

Lumbar radiculopathy is very much painful. I haven’t been able to walk for 2 months, I am almost bedridden. It hurts a lot especially when I move. I have numbness of both legs associated with radiation.

Comment from: bun, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

Hello, I have symptoms that include numbness, tingling, skin pain, inability to walk at times. I also have had a diagnosis of MS and Fibromyalgia. I often wonder just what the difference really is. Ihave had MRI of spine, neck and also brain. Brain shows demyelization and matter subject to question in MS results. My arms and legs are always weak and often very numb. Exercise has been very difficult and weight bearing impossible. I am 67 and have had symptoms for many years that was diagnosed as fibro. I am interested in Homeopathic, Alternative Medicine, but I do take some meds. Lyrica, and Ultram. I cannot and do not do well in bad weather. I feel lightening before the boom. Exercise will only be done in the pool and I suffer two days later, badly.

Comment from: domestigod, 55-64 Male Published: July 06

From the cervical radiculopathy, I had pain in the shoulder, neck and left arm. There was numbness of the thumb and forefinger. In the beginning, there was severe pain in the bicep area that felt as if a blood pressure cuff with needles was being pumped up around my arm. I experienced, and still do experience, sudden loss of muscle control in my shoulders and both arms; everything will suddenly go limp, and I have no strength in either arm or hand. With the lumbar radiculopathy, there is constant lower back pain that extends down into the left buttock and left leg. I am unable to even stand at the bathroom sink to shave and brush my teeth without the pain flaring up to an intolerable level.

Comment from: John, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 06

I have radiculopathy in my upper extremity. I wonder if this can be caused by a lower lumbar problem.

Comment from: tina, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I have been told I have surgical radiculopathy. My right leg spasms all the time and is numb and my foot feels like I’m stepping on a piece of glass. It is driving me crazy! I’m on pain pills that really don't help the pain I feel. The pain is in my lower back shooting down my legs and feet.

Comment from: MIDGE, 75 or over Female Published: June 10

Hi , I have experienced radiculopathy for years now it is more frequent...had a CT in the early 90's and it showed the radiculopathy -this past couple of years it acts up more, I noticed a tingling down the left leg more than the right, even the feet tingle some what no swelling or numbness just the tingling especially at night. I elevate the legs because of knees bug me when I lay them flat in bed. Is there anything I can do to help this? I take Celebrex and also a cream I apply at he end of the spine-it.

Comment from: Rose, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I have been struggling with chronic pain on my back, the whole side of my body. My chiropractor said I have scoliosis. He did some adjustment on my body which relieves the pain but it is still a reoccurring pain. Not only do I have the chronic pain, but nowadays I experienced numbness on the left side of my head or the entire left body at night. I suffer from irritating tingling tongue most of the time. There is also a burning sensation in my body. I also had Acid reflux few months ago. Once in a while I felt pain in my left eye. Aside from these symptoms, what scares me is the sudden body weakness and the shortness of breath that I have been experiencing. I went to a heart specialist because of that situation. Had a heart test and brain MRI but the results came out negative. It may be a case of radiculopathy.

Comment from: Tony, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 14

Footdrop. I am unable to lift my right foot. The big toe is most affected causing tripping and under pronation (tilting of foot to outer side). No amount of cortisone shots or physio therapy has helped me. MRI of my right foot, lumbar spine, EMG, X-rays are all normal. Visit to 5 doctors in top class hospitals has not done any good and none are able to cure it. Only thing left is AFO.

Comment from: de3andjr8, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I was taking a typing test to speed up on typing. I done for 2 days and on the 3 day I woke up and could not bend either arm. It scared me to the point I went to the ER and they told me this is what I have, I’m scared I will not be able to do the test to get the job I want and so badly. My family has a history of spine disease and I'm scared that I'm next in line.