Severe spinal stenosis

Posted by collierga @collierga, Wed, Jan 15 12:45pm

Hi there
I am new to this group. I am a 64 yr old female, in basically good health. Hip replacement 10/2018 with no complications.. Currently have no pain only bilateral finger numbness with minor lower left arm numbness. For the most part does not interfere with my daily living activities
Diagnosed with severe cervical stenosis via MRI in 8/2019,C-3-4 shows severe disc degeneration, moderate to severe bilateral formalin narrowing due to uncinate spurs/C4-5 same as 3-4 but with broad based disc bulge/5-7 C7-T-1 Degenerative anterolisthesisBroad based disc/osteophytic ridge causing severe central canal narrowing. i have gone to 2 different Neuro surgeons they both say complete opposite treatment plans. One says observe see him if symptoms get worse. The other doctor wants to do 2 surgeries, first through the front, #2 through the back to stabilize. I am leaning towards no surgery but am looking for someone to tell me they had this surgery and are happy t hey had it done. So far when i talk to people with back/neck issues they say they would never again go through surgery.
Thank you all in advance for you opinions..

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@suerc

I had neck surgery for cervical stenosis. At the time they told me it was so bad that is I fell I could be paralyzed. So they rushed me into surgery. I have had nothing but pain ever since. I wish I had looked into other options 1st. Then almost 2 yrs ago I had a lumbar burst fracture of my L4 they wanted to rush me into surgery right away. I said no I want to treat it with p t first. Wish I could have gotten into mayo for another opion. But even though I have a mayo number they would not see me.

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@suerc That must be frustrating. I don't know what is involved in accepting patients to Mayo. I had been turned down by 5 local surgeons over 2 years time, and that may have helped me get accepted to Mayo. I had learned a lot by seeing the spine surgeons who didn't want me as their patient, and I know that surgeons are not equal. Some are very good; others not. Some are high pressure, and I experienced that too, but I didn't trust that surgeon. My PCP told me to get several opinions before choosing. I researched everything I could find before I was their patient. Have you tried physical therapy? What has helped me a lot before and after spine surgery to have a great recovery is myofascial release. Surgical scar tissue causes restrictions in the fascia, and that can be treated. Here is our discussion. There is a provider search on the MFR website.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/myofascial-release-therapy-mfr-for-treating-compression-and-pain/

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I had cervical spine surgery at the Mayo Clinic 11 months ago and I do not regret it. I had numbness and tingling in my left hand, shoulder pain, and was losing strength in my left hand. Most of my symptoms have resolved. PLEASE NOTE: many orthopedic surgeons operate on the spine not just neurosurgeons. My surgeon was Dr. Ahmad Nassr whose research focuses on the spine. Please do not limit yourself to neurosurgepns only.

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@collierga

I have no pain only numbness in fingers and toes. Walking for the most part is not a problem. I try to exercise 3-4 times a week

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What kind of exercise?

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@suerc

I had neck surgery for cervical stenosis. At the time they told me it was so bad that is I fell I could be paralyzed. So they rushed me into surgery. I have had nothing but pain ever since. I wish I had looked into other options 1st. Then almost 2 yrs ago I had a lumbar burst fracture of my L4 they wanted to rush me into surgery right away. I said no I want to treat it with p t first. Wish I could have gotten into mayo for another opion. But even though I have a mayo number they would not see me.

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So very sorry to hear about your pain. it seems everyone has a different story
Sending prayers for healing and that your pain will subside

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@wilcy

What kind of exercise?

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Alternate between walking, elliptical/weights/core work and swimming once a week

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