DX A/S 20 years largely under control with indomethecin and exercise. Added tramadol in last 18 months for pain issues.
I've been having issues with pinched nerves in C6-C7 and C5-C6 for the last 4 years. It started with some numbness in the thumb, pointer and middle fingers of my left hand. Occasionally, I would experience shooting pain along the nerve from the back of shoulder, tricep, outside top of forearm to hand. MRI showed some stenosis and bulging of disks. PT, plus course of prednisone and a series of 3 cortisone shots to C6-C7 seemed to reduce the inflamation and bring the numbness to a minimum. About 3 months ago, I started to have constant spasms in the top outside of both forearms with more frequent nerve pain. I am having some trouble holding on to ligher items (like keys), but heavier items are OK. Second MRI done last week and appointment with neurosurgeon next week based on Rheumo referral. Has anyone had a similar experience? If so, what worked, what didn't? Can anyone recommend some good resources which might describe pros and cons of options. Thanks, in advance, for any thoughts.