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Cervical spine issue
Can anyone help me understand my issue? My primary care doctor hasn't explained it to me, and I don't know what kind of doctor to see next.

- Left arm numb since September
- chiropractor #1 adjusts twice and suggests MRI - insurance denied
- 7 massages
- 1 acupuncture
- 1 Reiki
- 5 Airrosti (soft tissue/fascia manipulation via chiropractor #2)
- neurologist nerve conduction study -- recommends cervical MRI based on test results that said "subtle reinnervation potentials bilateral triceps muscles consistent with chronic C6 radiculopathy."
- insurance approves MRI
- MRI says re C6 and C7:  "There is a small central disc protrusion creating a small anterior extradural defect upon the thecal sac with no cord impingement, high-grade central stenosis or significant neural foraminal narrowing identified."
- I call primary care doc staff who says they referred me back to my neurologist -- I say I don't have a neurologist...just someone who provided the nerve conduction test that they ordered. Is a neurologist really the right specialist to see?? It doesn't make sense to me, but I could be wrong.
- I request a referral to a different, insurance-approved chiropractor. Approved. He says the protrusion has nothing to do with the numbness and that I need a series of up to 18 adjustments for the area of my mid-upper back.

HELP! I don't know who to see next or what to believe. Any suggestions on what makes sense and next steps??
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Hey Texas. I'm new here but I have been going through some similar things in the last 2 years. I went to an orthorpedic specialist that specialized in spinal problems. I had a herniated disk at the c6-7 that caused mussle spasms, loss of feeling in 2 fingers (still there) and weakness in arm. Had disks fused, but still having chronic pain. I would suggest that type of doctor or neurologist
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