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Posted by Francesca on October 19, 2000 at 19:18:45:

In Reply to: TEST RESULTS posted by JOLENE on October 19, 2000 at 18:42:14:

Hi Jolene, foraminal stenosis of the neck is not "as bad" as the back. At least not in the truly debilating sense. Stenosis (to make you understand) is where the spinal column "sort of becomes smaller or shrinks". And when it does this it "shrinks around" the nerves that run in and out of the area. Pain, numbness, lack of strength, tingling etc. can be felt. It depends on which nerves of your dads neck are being compromised by the stenosis which will make him feel these feelings.

The nerve test he will be having done on Nov. 2, will let the docs know if any damage to the nerves have occured as well as what shape the nerves are in. Hopefully no damage has occured. You asked how serious is stenosis? It can be. It all depends on how your dad feels. If it's really bad, than surgery will be required. If it's just symptoms every now and then he may want to get other docs opinions. Neurosurgeons do that type of surgery. So your dad may wish to consult with a few before he makes any major decisions.

As far as DDD. Everything that can possibly go wrong with the spine is grouped under DDD. It's really a term that should be reserved only for people with arthiritis but in my opinion it's really abused by docs. Especially since it makes one think/or appears that the person may have arthiritis. Which in most cases is incorrect. I guess it's just the docs way of letting a person know or health insurace companies that something is wrong with their spine regardless of what it may be. Be well and I hope your dad makes out OK. Keep us posted


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