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Neck Injury and Twitching

01/08/2010

Question:

Approx 7 yrs. ago I had a small tear in my rotator cuff and the soft stuff between my c5 and c6 leaked out.I had to hold my arm behind my neck the pain was so bad and within 2 days I could not control my right arm after the numbness set in.Feeling did return and i had an MRI and CT scan and the dye x-ray and the little needles they put in your arm and check to see it muscles "jump" when stimulated.My muscles did not always do what they expected and was told QUOTE THATS WEIRD.The surgeon said the opening for the nerve was 3 on my injured side and 6 on my good side and that I had bone spurs in my neck.that was 7 years ago and still experience extensive twitching in that arm and occasional neck pain.Now am starting to get headaches about 2 or 3 times a week and all muscles in both legs are starting to twitch though not severe.Since almost all pain was gone by the time I seen the surgeon he suggested if it doesn`t bother me I should wait for surgery until it becomes more severe.I am 51 yrs old now and am wondering if the twitching is connected to the neck injury or if its the bone spurs and if I should seek medical advice? Since I have relatively no pain should I bother? I don`t want it to get out of hand before getting advice since I know R.A. runs in the family. My sister is 53 and diagnosed with it 2 years ago If you think they may be at all connected, or for other reasons, if you think I should get an opinion from my Doctor, it would help me a great deal. Thank you for your time.

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. On this site, we try to answer general questions about health but cannot diagnose or recommend treatment. You appear to have some very, very specific questions about your condition, which can only be answered properly by a physician who is familiar with your history, physical exam, and test results. Your questions about the testing results you've been given or the risks, benefits, and alternatives for proposed treatments of this condition need to be directed to your treating physician(s). You should insist that they answer these questions in a way that you are able to understand before consenting to any treatment. If your physician is unable to help you understand these issues, you should get a second opinion. Take care.

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Response by:

David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University