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Radiculopathy


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Can the level of nerve impingement dictate the rating of Radiculopathy?

my question is because i have been rated at 10% for mild the reason they gave me this is because no Dr. has ever stated to what severity i have... my mri shows/states moderate severe disk bulged the traversing nerve and i have moderate/severe forminal narrowing of the same nerve root. my thoughts is that isnt it exceptable and understandable that the level of severity would be dictated by the level of impingement ?

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Not necessarily. Unless they did an EMG on you and found a different level of nerve reaction, usually weakness and foot drop, and demonstrably reduced reflexes are used in part to determine severity. If you loss of some sensation but normal reflexes then you are within the mild category of impingement.

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yeah just sucks because an emg was never done. i have complaints in the record of numbness and 1 doctor stated that i suffered from severe radiculopathy after the mri results but before the mri docs just say that there is no radicular symptoms though of course i tell them but they always have forgoten to write this in any report..

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Nerve transmissions are weird. Nerve tissue can't regenerate, but nerve impulses themselves can learn to re-route around damaged portions, so what looks to be really bad impingment may be so, but may not actually have the expected end effect.

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