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    Old 09-12-2006, 01:13 PM   #1
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    question about neck stenosis/neuroformen???

    My shoulder is the worst but my finger and thumb hurt also. I'm scared to let it go on much longer because i was told the nerves can be squeezed so long it causes damage.

    for moderate nerve impingement from the neuroforamen and osteophytes, what surgery can be performed and how long is the recovery.

    I can deal with the neck pain but my shoulder pain is so intense. My index and thumb cause problems also. can't sleep pain meds don't help.

    what can i expect from surgery and what is it called. I'm an old 33. help

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    Old 09-12-2006, 01:45 PM   #2
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    Re: question about neck stenosis/neuroformen???

    hey jay the name of the surgery would likely be a Cervical Foraminotomy, you can search for this and it basically explains how they route out the passage ways to create more room where the nerves pass through the Foramin "The nerve outlets through the spine"

    Hopefully surgery would relieve all nerve symptoms if you catch it in time. Worst case scenario, it makes you worse. Nerve pain doesn't improve and back, neck, and shoulders get worse and you develop headaches. That's worse case. Best case, you have surgery and you never have the need to look for help on the net again.

    I certainly wish you the latter.
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    Old 09-13-2006, 07:03 AM   #3
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    Re: question about neck stenosis/neuroformen???

    Hop over to the spinal board you will find lots of info there.

    I had a ACDF C4/5 due to spinal cord compression from a herniation and bone spur. It did cause me some long term issues. That is why I am here. I am seeing a pain management doctor now and have been put on Lyrica for nerve pain and it is really working well. I expect the issues to resolve over time and with some assistance of the PM the time will be less painful.

    I had nerve impingement C6/7 in 2002 that rendered my right arm useless. I hurt so bad I wanted to just cut it off. Finally I had a posterior decompression and it relieved all the pain and I have not had much since. I did have a serious of pain shots in 2004 for shoulder impingement and nothing since. The recovery time for me was 6 weeks but within that time I was doing yard work and housework. I had staples so the first week was awful but after that I was better each day. Then when the 6 weeks were up and I returned to work I was fine. I worked my arms back up to shape in no time.

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    Re: question about neck stenosis/neuroformen???

    ok ********* i am really confused. have multiple servical problems and just found out i have a sub-acromial shoulder impingement. how can these dr. tell what is causing what. is all my pain from my neck? i find that hard to believe with this impingement in my rotator cuff. any ideas?

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    Re: question about neck stenosis/neuroformen???

    The only way doctors can tell what is really wrong is to operate on your shoulder. MRI's are not totally accurate.

    As I have posted in the past, my neck never hurt when I was having neck problems. It was my shoulder. The pain was beyond belief and I lost a vast amount of feeling and use of my arm. I was rushed into emergency surgery after my MRI showed no real shoulder problems, as the doctor thought I tore my rotator cuff again. Once inside the shoulder he only found some small spurs that in no way would be causing the pain that I had.

    After the surgery I got ten times worse because I was put in a sling. It wasn't until a few weeks later after the unecessary surgery that the doctor and I thought maybe the pain could be caused from my neck even though I never once had neck problems.

    An MRI was done immediately and showed 2 massive herniations crushing my spinal cord and 2 other medium ones. I was operated on about 2 months later and still during this entire time I never once had neck pains! Once I had my 4 level ACDF the pain in my shoulder went away completely.

    So as you can see, neck problems can and do cause shoulder pain. I wouldn't rush to think there's a specific problem with your shoulder when in fact all your pain could be a result of your neck. I would hate to see you go through an unecessary surgery like I did.


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    Re: question about neck stenosis/neuroformen???

    thanks for the feedback barb----my MRI of shoulder does show a problem. i have an impingement choking my tendons in rotator cuff which is why i think part of the pain is from my shoulder. i see the shoulder surgeon before the spine specialist again. we already know the problems in my neck and the spine surgeon still wants me to see the shoulder surgeon first. i believe he also thinks or at would at least like to be clear as to whether or not i need shoulder surgery first. i had my arm back in a CT machine yesterday for an hour and it froze. the pain afterwards was horrible. neck didn't hurt at all but my whole shoulder, arm and hand were dead.

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