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Old 02-28-2010, 10:37 AM   #1
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C spine stenosis

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I recently had an MRI of my head and c spine. I thought I was having symptoms of MS. The MRI came back clean for lesions but showed congenital spinal stenosis at C3,C4
The problems I have are basically my legs. My left foot feels ice cold for minutes or hours. The front of my thighs burn intermittently usually in the seated position.
I had an MRI of my lower back which didn't show any problems.
The doctor seemed confident that I don't have MS, but I am not so sure.

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Re: C spine stenosis

Sorry you are experiencing these symptoms. I had cervical stenosis and spinal cord compression which affected my legs in a similar way. Have you been referred to a neurosurgeon to read your MRI? If the cord is being compressed, it probably needs to be addressed. I don't think you have MS, since you don't have lesions. The cervical can cause symptoms in all of your extremities.

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Re: C spine stenosis

I have had very similar problems. I've had neck pain for 5 months from a bulging C5-6 months. For the past 4 weeks, I have had tingling/burning in hands and feet (which has been dx as neuropathy), rigidity of legs upon walking, and a falling sensation. When these last symptoms started, I had MRI of brain and spine, which showed only the bulge and narrowing of c-spine. My dr too thought I had MS, but no lesions.
Now I am in limbo - unable to go to work, waiting for referral to Mayo, playing teh wait for the dr to call back game.
I wish I could tell you more. I get the feeling of pressure in my neck, and believe all symptoms are related to that somehow. I wish you luck--

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Re: C spine stenosis

I had the exact same symptoms in my legs......numbness in my feet(burning and icy sensations) burning thighs, stiffness, I walked baby steps at times as if my legs just didn't want to move forward and eventually started to walk like a drunk, reeling from side to side.

I had stenosis form C3 to C6. I had a new surgery called a laminoplasty where they open and rebuild the back of the spine to make more room but don't leave the cord exposed like the used to with a laminectomy. No fusion was involved.

I awoke from surgery with my legs feeling completely normal. All numbness, burning, stiffness gone.

This surgery is only done at a few major medical centers but well worth looking into. See a neurosurgeon.

good luck................Jenny

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