Thyroid; Hypothyroidism, Cervical Disc; Nerve Damage; Double Crush Syndrome

[title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”single” sep_color=”” class=”” id=””]Question[/title][testimonials design=”classic” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” class=”” id=””][testimonial name=”” avatar=”male” image=”” image_border_radius=”” company=”” link=”” target=”_self”]I’m 40 years old, have hypothyroidism, and was diagnosed with C5, C6, and C7 disk degeneration. I didn’t have any problems until about two months ago when I hurt my shoulder and severed a tendon. My EMG showed severe nerve damage. What can I do about it? [/testimonial][/testimonials][separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”20″ sep_color=”” icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””][title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”single” sep_color=”” class=”” id=””]Answer[/title][testimonials design=”classic” backgroundcolor=”” textcolor=”” class=”” id=””][testimonial name=”” avatar=”male” image=”” image_border_radius=”” company=”” link=”” target=”_self”]It is reasonable to assume that you have had the herniation for quite some time. So something happened when hurt your shoulder that caused the pain. Generally speaking, you don’t do MRIs unless you think you’re going to do surgery.

With regards to your Hypothyroidism, you operate on somebody’s neck, and there’s something called a functional double crush syndrome which is basically the setup for the slam. You’ve got this metabolic issue that’s not going to let you heal well. Then you do surgery, now you’re “toast.”

First thing, is to get your thyroid under better control. You do that, a lot of these symptoms will go away.

With regards to your neck, more than likely your problem is a tendon that runs between your shoulder blade and your neck, and a little physical therapy, maybe a little chiropractic, maybe a little time will take care of that. I would not be inclined to do much more than that.

Whatever you do, do not let anybody come at your neck with anything sharp. Because that would be the last mistake that you’d make.[/testimonial][/testimonials]

David S Klein, MD

David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology.

Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine.

He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively.
Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.

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