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Excruciating pain from cervical (C7/T1) radiculopathy

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@birdman518 the moderator referred you to me.. my Cervical problem were two fold..I went to my spine surgeon who had 5 years before done a successful lumbar fusion. I complained that now I had a pain in the neck with pain down my arm. He injected an epidural and told me to come back in 3 days. The epidural did not help, so he then said that I had cubital tunnel syndrome..a problem with that nerve that runs down the arm around the elbow (as crazy bone). He referred me to an arm surgeon who fixed the problem.. my spine surgeon also noted that my Cervical discs were getting very thin …he prescribed a cervical traction device that I put on the floor, get down in it and pump it up .. which stretches my neck some. ..I worked with a physical Therapist who showed me how to work it. . That traction gave those discs some relief…. I've been doing that for over 15 years and it really helps giving relief.. I am 83 now and get around pretty good.. That OKC doctor really knew his stuff…

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Ken, thanks for chipping in! I am very new to this journey, but I am very glad I found this forum. I have tried a manual pump cervical traction device that has not helped. I did not mention that I do have numbness now in my entire hand.. the neurologist thinks that could be an ulnar nerve compression in my arm as well.

Once I go back and get my options for further possible treatment, I will be back on the forum to discuss.

Thanks again,

Mitch