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Re: cervical stenosis

Re: cervical stenosis

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Posted by Jan Olivas on January 12, 2000 at 23:23:06:

In Reply to: Re: cervical stenosis posted by Carol on January 12, 2000 at 11:30:21:

: : I was diagnosed with cervical stenosis and was wondering if this is genetic or could it be work related. I have been an Arborist(tree climber)for 12 years and I am almost always looking up. I noticed about 4 months ago my neck started feeling sore like I pulled a muscle but instead of getting better it progressed into sharp painful spasms when turning my head. I need some help on this. the only info I can find is stenosis of the lower back. mine Is located in or around L6 or maybe it was c6 not sure.

: Just wanted to tell you that if they said cervical stenosis, that is in the neck region and there are seven cervical vertebrae, so yours is most likely at c6. The way I understand it, stenosis is a narrowing/compression of the spinal cord usually due to some sort of degeneration in your vertebrae and/or disks. Everyone usually has some amount of degenerative changes from normal wear and tear and age. I would think that the kind of work you do may have speeded up the process. Hope this info helps you a little. Good luck to you!

Hi! I, too, have cervical spinal stenosis, from c-2 down through t-1 where I start having another problem. You are right, most stenosis is in the lower back and finding information is almost impossible. I have had problems for over twenty years and was just diagnosed with cervical stenosis about 18 months ago after I insisted onan MRI. I have really used all of the resources I could think of to try to educate myself because this is such a rare disorder. As the person who posted before me said, some wer and tear is to be expected, however, mine is moderate to severe and leaves me unable to live a normal life. I urge you to go to a medical facility connected to a university and that has a pain clinic. After months of pursuing help I was fortunate enough to find a good pain clinic and a good primary care pysician who will prescribe the drugs I need. If you find someone who wants to operate get a second and third opinion, this is not a surgery that leaves good results. I wanted a quick fix and fortunately went to three neurosurgeons who all agreed, I would most likely end up a quad on a respirator. Please feel free to contact me. I may be slow in getting back to you but I am slow because I have limited time when I am able to function. Good luck. Jan

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