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    Old 11-25-2002, 05:23 AM   #1
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    severe cervical stenosis

    I have been having chiro for 8 mths then physio for 2 mths with a sore neck and finally gave up and went back to the docters for tests. Now they have diagnosed me with severe cervical stenosis. The doctor has refered me to a neurosurgen which happens in a couple of days. I am very worried as I dont know what im going to do. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

     
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    Old 11-29-2002, 04:54 AM   #2
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    Re: severe cervical stenosis

    Dear Paddlefoot,

    Some stenosis is congenital with no symptoms. Others can be quite severe and impinge on your cord, creating another scenario all together. Your ortho will need to look at the MRI to make a determination. If you have any other abnormality, like bone spurs, you will be watched closely!! Do not take any chances!! Myelopathy is very possible, and an awful thing. While some therapy is fine, they will probably forbid traction if your case is bad. Good Luck! Niki47

     
    Old 11-29-2002, 06:58 PM   #3
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    Re: severe cervical stenosis

    thankyou niki47 for your relpy. I went to the neurosurgen last week and he checked me out and looked at my mri and said that I have spinal stenosis but that it wasnt at surgury level and i should try and manage it with physio and exercise. I.m a bit confused though cause i have other things on my report that i dont understand. it said i have significant marginal osteopathic ridging and an accompanying disc protrusion which produces that stenosis. I dont know how long this will stay like this and if it will get worse. I'm 44 and have a few good year in me yet and dont want to spend the rest in pain.

     
    Old 11-30-2002, 04:29 AM   #4
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    Re: severe cervical stenosis

    Dear Paddlefoot,

    As I recall from some reading, when a disc prolapses, blows out, whatever... it will heal over hard. Our body will then try to "remodel" itself with bony material. It gets wider to help spread the load it carries. As this width increases inward, it further narrows the canal that the cord runs thru. That is aquired stenosis. With time, the area actually may begin to "impinge" or squeeze on the nerves. Generally the root nerves that go out the sides first. They are the ones that cause us so much pain. It has been likened to a window slowly closing. If it squeezes the spinal cord itself, that is generally painless, but more serious. There are many good websites available to read further. Conservative treatment should always be tried first. Surgery is NOT a cakewalk, and should be the court of last resort. Hang in there, and keep me posted!!

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    Old 11-30-2002, 06:24 AM   #5
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    niki47 I cant believe you. Ive just read all the problems you have and you are trying to help me...... Thank you sooooooo much and good luck to you. I am on msn messanger and if you want to chat my msn addy is [removed].com I will be thinking of you

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    Old 12-01-2002, 03:50 AM   #6
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    Dear Paddlefoot, Read with interest that you are a cafe owner. So was I!!! 25 years in the biz. And it did NOT help my poor ole neck! So be a bit easy on yourself (as if that is possible) I am at [removed].com. I am up LATE, seems sleeplessness is common post-op. But I took a few baby steps today without my walker!! Yahoooooooo!

    Anyways, I am glad to help. I was looking for info myself, when I found you. Niki47

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    Old 12-01-2002, 11:56 AM   #7
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    Hi Paddlefoot <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

    Firstly, I hope your Doc told you to NOT let any CHIRO near your neck??? the neck has many very delicate bones within and if you have some stenosis just now, you will have serious problems letting a CHIRO near your neck at any time in the future.

    Your Doc has probably left you as a herniation can go back in or the soft material can be absobed by the body.

    Take care and remember, DO NOT let a Chro near your neck <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/nono.gif">

    <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif"> to ALL,

    Davy


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    Doing Great!!!
    But still with some Numbness

     
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