Go Back   NeuroTalk Support Groups > Health Conditions M - Z > Spinal Disorders & Back Pain

Spinal Disorders & Back Pain For discussion of all spinal cord injuries, spinal issues, back-related pain or problems.

Severe Bilateral neural foraminal stenosis cervical

Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
Unread 03-14-2011, 08:44 PM   #1
sumlvr
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 2
Default Severe Bilateral neural foraminal stenosis cervical

hI, just wondering if anyone has the above or I also have severe deg. disc disease all in my cspine, straightning of the cspine with some reversal of ot the normal lordosis. disc herniations, at c4-c5 c5-c6 At the c6 c7 level posterior osteophytes and disc extrusion. mild central cana stenosis and moderate to severe bilateral neural foranimal stenois which is worse on the left. I went to see a neurologis 6 months ago who told me to go to a pain clinic to get epidural injections. I am wondering if anyone who has had the above findings had surgery. I never was able to get the injections because I have no insurance. I now am found disabled and should be getting Medicaid soon. I would like to know if anyone has any experience getting treated for this condition Thank you for any replys.
sumlvr is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-16-2011, 08:58 PM   #2
Leesa
Senior Member
 
Leesa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,424
My Mood:
Default

Please do NOT push for surgery unless these findings worsen. You will be worse after surgery then you are now, as far as pain goes. You usually end up with the same pain or worse after surgery. Also, pain isn't a good reason for surgery. Surgery only corrects mechanical problems which I see that you DO have, but unless your foramen closes and your spinal cord becomes impinged, I would NOT have surgery. Surgery begets more surgery. Usually after your have surgery, the levels below the surgery site will FAIL, and you'll end up needing more surgery. It's called the "domino" effect.

If you cannot go to physical therapy, ask your doctor to perhaps give you some exercises that you can do at home - or have him tell the Physical therapist to give you a list of exercises to do. Strengthening the neck muscles is very important in helping to keep from herniating more discs & causing more trouble.

Best of luck and God bless. Please keep us posted on your progress. Hugs, Lee
__________________
recovering alcoholic, sober since 7-29-93;severe depression; 2 open spinal surgeries; severe sciatica since 1986; epidurals; trigger points; myelograms; Rhizotomy; Racz procedure; spinal cord stimulator implant (and later removal); morphine pump trial (didn't work);now inoperable; lumpectomy; radiation; breast cancer survivor; heart attack; fibromyalgia; on disability.



Often the test of courage is not to die, but to live..
.................................................. ...............Orestes
Leesa is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-18-2011, 06:37 PM   #3
made it up
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 295
Default

Smlvr the advice Leesa gave is what I was told by surgeon too.
Perhaps wearing a cervical collar might ease the pain by immobilizing the area?
It worked for me and I really didn't think anything could take the pain away. Cortisone injections did nothing to alleviate my pain (although that was just my experience.)
Hang in there!
made it up is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-18-2011, 11:17 PM   #4
Sheri_TOS
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 236
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sumlvr View Post
hI, just wondering if anyone has the above or I also have severe deg. disc disease all in my cspine, straightning of the cspine with some reversal of ot the normal lordosis. disc herniations, at c4-c5 c5-c6 At the c6 c7 level posterior osteophytes and disc extrusion. mild central cana stenosis and moderate to severe bilateral neural foranimal stenois which is worse on the left. I went to see a neurologis 6 months ago who told me to go to a pain clinic to get epidural injections. I am wondering if anyone who has had the above findings had surgery. I never was able to get the injections because I have no insurance. I now am found disabled and should be getting Medicaid soon. I would like to know if anyone has any experience getting treated for this condition Thank you for any replys.
Hi! I have severe bilateral stenosis at C5/6 and moderate at C3/4. I haven't had surgery yet as the doctors don't think it's severe enough to warrant surgery. Since you don't have insurance, I'd suggest trying acupuncture. I've done the epidural injections, too. Both acupuncture and the shots helped me when it was really bad. The epidural broke the severe pain/spasms (anti-inflammatory) and then I followed with acupuncture. This was 3 years ago. Now, I just go to the acupuncturists periodically for a "tune-up". I will eventually need surgery because of the stenosis but I will put it off as long as possible.
Sheri_TOS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
cervical stenosis-surgery artlern Spinal Disorders & Back Pain 2 11-08-2009 01:41 PM
severe left foraminal stenosis eastofms General Health Conditions & Rare Disorders 5 04-15-2009 08:49 PM
Soldier with bilateral neural foraminal stenosis Armymedic Spinal Disorders & Back Pain 17 04-22-2008 10:24 PM
Cervical and Thoracic Spine stenosis jmbarlow Spinal Disorders & Back Pain 4 03-24-2008 03:19 PM
cervical spinal stenosis ermine New Member Introductions 5 02-20-2008 02:13 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:31 AM.
Brought to you by the fine folks who publish mental health and psychology information at Psych Central Mental Health Forums

The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment
provided by a qualified health care provider. Always consult your doctor before trying anything you read here.


Powered by vBulletin • Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.


All posts copyright their original authors Community Guidelines Terms of Use Privacy Policy
NeuroTalk Archives