Patient Comments: Radiculopathy - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with radiculopathy?

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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