Q. I am diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy and have tingling sensation in my fingers. Why is it so?

Answered by
Dr. Tony Magana
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 21, 2019

Hello doctor,

A month ago I was diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy by an ER doctor. Since then, I have seen my PCP I have had X-rays and an MRI done. I have an appointment with the neurosurgeon on the after 10 ten days. I have been prescribed a Flexeril and Naproxen. I am still in pain. The tingling sensation does not stop in my fingers arm and feet and now I have that feeling in the back of my head and it travels to the top and on the left side of my face.

I have also seemed to become clumsier than I have ever been before and I drop a lot of things my left side is what is being affected the most. I guess what I need to know is should I wait for 10 days or should I be more concerned?

Dr. Tony Magana

Neuro Surgery Spine Health Spine Surgery


Welcome to icliniq.com.

The symptoms you describe could be consistent with a cervical disc problem but are not specific to how severe it might be. Numbness of the face is usually associated with disc problems in the neck, although I have seen patients complain about it in the past. The physical examination of your nerve function is essential.

If you had signs of spinal cord compression, increased reflexes in the legs, weakness, or difficulty controlling bowel or bladder function, then there is urgency in seeing a neurosurgeon. If the MRI shows signs of spinal cord compression, then there is also some urgency in seeing a neurosurgeon. If only a nerve root is involved, then sometimes these problems can be treated conservatively first if you send the report of the MRI and perhaps a photo of it that would be more helpful.

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