Re: When to have Surgery? Cervical Spinal Stenosis
<< He said one surgery would take care of it, but i have smptoms down my arms, fingers and neck of tingling and like sleeping....no numbness and then it travels to the right leg and into the knee....burning and stickers. I can live with the pain, but would surgery make me better?>>
What docs usually say is that surgery will keep you from getting worse. Likely make you better, as well, although that's less certain. What is relatively certain is that the longer nerve/cord impingement is allowed to go on, the greater the likelihood of irreparable damage.
<< How do I know that there is not a problem with the lower lumbar spine since there was before again stenois and spondy? >>
You really don't, and neither does the doc. All he can do is look at the cervical and lumbar MRI's and go with the percentages. Since you have symptoms in your arms, you KNOW you have a cervical problem, and a problem with the cervical CORD (as opposed to cervical nerve roots) CAN cause problems in the legs. I suppose the logical thing, if you're going to have surgery, is to first work on the level that you know is problematic, then reevaluate.