Thank you a millionfold for your letter! Earlier, I started a 3-ring binder in which I’m saving everything related to my stenosis. Your letter is now in my binder. I’m also heading over in a few minutes to my partner’s house. She’s much concerned about my stenosis. I’ve made a second hardcopy of your letter to give to her.
I appreciate your willingness to help with this. I’ll let you know more as I learn more. This business is so new to me––less than 24 hours, although I’ve been trying (with so-so success) for almost a decade to assign a name to what’s been troubling me. As I believe I mentioned in my post, today, rather than feeling defeated by my diagnosis, I’m feeling somewhat triumphant: at last I’m able to ask the right questions of the right people. It’s a heady feeling!
Briefly (as I need to get over to my partner’s house): the report of my neck MRI concludes with “Impressions: (1) There are spondyloses, protrusions, and osteophytes in the cervical spine at the C3-4 through T1-2 level, (2) There is severe right foraminal stenosis at C4-5, (3) There is moderate canal and severe foraminal stenosis at C5-6, (4) There is severe bilateral foraminal and moderate canal stenosis at C6-7, (5) There is no cord lesion or compression, (6) There is moderate cerebellar atrophy.
I would imagine you can guess––this being so new to me––I barely know what any of this means!
And now I’d best get over to my partner’s house. Again, Jennifer, thank you for being there!