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    Old 08-05-2017, 03:52 PM   #1
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    spinal stenosis very concerned


    I have had severe neck discomfort for 5+ years. I've dealt with it, as I have been told by 4-5 suergons that my foramonal cervical stenosis is likely not causing my neck discomfort (stiffness, constant cracking, neck tenderness and spasms from my upper neck going down to my traps). I've tried acupuncture and have tried muscle relaxers, steroid injections, trigger point shots, and several other non-invasive treatments. Next on the list may be a small dosage of a Botox injection.

    For the past 4-5 days, my right arm is incredibly week and tender. In particular, my right bicep is very achy, with a similar feeling in the muscle of my forearm on my right arm. I have full strength, no radiating pain, but if i was to extend my arms and hold two weights, I feel as if my right arm would not be able to remain extended for a long period of time. I hear popping noises in my wrist and shoulder when i fully extend my arm.

    My MRI from 2 months ago remains unchanged from 2 and 3 years ago. Suergons have said my neck discomfort is likely unrelated to the stenosis from my MRI and don't think surgery would help, and each neurosurgeon and ortheropedic suergon has suggested against surgery.

    I am truly hoping to new right arm and right bicep tenderness (especially with pressure on the muscles in these two areas) and weakness (although with full strength) is related to a bad night of sleep or something and not the stenosis. I don't know what to do for this and am very concerned.

    Please see below for my MRI results. I really appreciate insight and your opinions!

    degenerative appearance of the vertebral bodies. The spinal cord has normal signal.

    C3-4 there is a central and right lateral recess osteophytic disc ridge there is right
    greater than left lateral recess and proximal foraminal stenosis unchanged.

    At C4-5 there is a left lateral recess foraminal osteophytic disc ridge with lateral
    recess and foraminal stenosis this to is unchanged.

    At C5-6 there is a central noncompressive stable osteophytic disc ridge.

    Review of the remaining levels does not demonstrate evidence of focal abnormality, disc
    herniation or stenosis.


    Stable multilevel degenerative spondylitic change with asymmetries as above.

    ICD 10 -
    Cervical disc degeneration C2-3 and C3-4, M50.31
    Cervical disc degeneration C4-5, C5-6, C6-7, M50.32
    Cervical foraminal stenosis M99.61
    Abnormal straightening cervical curve, M40.40

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    Old 08-05-2017, 07:51 PM   #2
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    Re: spinal stenosis very concerned

    Spinal stenosis is normal as we age.....a certain amount, anyway.
    If all your doctors are against surgery, then I would listen to them! IT sounds like you might be hyperaware (overthinking) about this latest symptom. Give yourself a break...take it easy and stop trying to "test it" and see how you feel in a few days. Its possible you simply overused your arm/ bicep and it will all be fine in another few days.
    RRMS- dx 05

    Old 08-06-2017, 12:05 PM   #3
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    Im sorry but I am still not sure where the problem is. Youre stable. There has been no change since your last impression- thats a really good thing!

    I think you are looking for something that isnt there. Try to relax. Go see whomever ordered this test and let them tell you again...there is nothing concerning on your MRI.

    You have some discs out of whack at C4-C5. This would not be causing your problems. C 6 and C7 are so minimal that even the radiologist notes this.

    I am not a doctor and not giving you medical advice, but according to this impression and report, there is really nothing wrong with you according to this report, you have nothing to worry about.
    I think you pulled a muscle OR you are just hyper aware, as I stated before, looking for something....but honestly, according to this, you shouldn't be worried! You stated that all the people you have seen have advised AGAINST surgery, and that's a really good thing!

    Feel better!
    RRMS- dx 05

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