Re: Mild stenosis causing severe pain/is this common
I think it all comes down to how much nerve impingement there is, either from disc herniations, protrusions or stenosis. It is true that there are tons of people walking around with stenois and disc problems with no, or few, symptoms. Unfortunatley there are those of us that are lucky (NOT) enough to have just the right nerve(s) affected negatively.
My MRI showed problems C4-C7 but I have no symptoms of the C4-5 level so my orthopedic spine surgeon did a C5-C7 fusion - he said there was no current reason to fuse the C4-C5 level if I was not having symptoms from that level (although in the future it may become necessary).
C5-C7 ACDF 5/2006
Rt thumb fusion '13. R&L thumb arthroplasty '12 ; RT TKR & Bilat CTS' 11. Fusions: L5-S1('87), L4-S1('93), C5-C7('06), L3-S1('10), C4-C5('13). C5-C7 foraminotomy '08