Patient Comments: Radiculopathy - Symptoms

What symptoms did you experience with radiculopathy?

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.

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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!

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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: 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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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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