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Hi everybody, your advice needed

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in New Member Introductions
I am 44 years old and have just been diagnosed with moderate spinal canal stenosis in C6/7 exit foramen, I also have degeneration of the lower cervical discs C4/7. I was referred to a neurologist because I was having a problem with pain in my hip, which came on suddenly and was severe when walking and stopped at rest. I was also experiencing pain in my left thigh when walking and pain at the top of my left foot. I also experience pain in my left arm which feels as if I have banged my elbow. All the pain is intermittent and accompanied by a feeling of weakness and loss of circulation in the left arm and leg. On examination I had a loss of sensation in the left side and weakness in the left arm and leg. MRI brain scan was normal. My neurologist has advised my own Dr that my spinal stenosis is not relevant to the symptoms I am experiencing. I am also diagnosed with mild scoliosis since childhood. Could anyone please give me some advice as to symptoms they are suffering with the same diagnosis, I am thinking about getting a second opinion, I cannot see what else could be causing these symptoms. I would be grateful for any advice.


  • Just reading your post, before I even got to the bottom, I was planning to ask if you have the capability to get another opinion and preferably with a spine specialist.

    What you've described can fit into so many different things/injuries/conditions that I wouldn't even feel comfortable trying to compare my issues with yours. I think the chance for misleading you is too great.

    Anyway, welcome to Spine Health, I hope you find it to be a great source of information and comfort.

  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    I agree with you about seeking a second opinion. Do you have any tingling and/or numbness in your hands, arms, feet, or legs? If so I sugggest you see your PCP and ask about referring you for an EMG. With stenosis you may have nerve impingement which should be addressed to prevent long term nerve damage.
    Do go for at least another opinion, ask a lot of questions, and maybe take someone else that is close to you with. Two sets of ears are better!
    Take care and keep us all posted here with your findings.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you would be very wise to get that second opinion!! =D> the more information you have the better your decisions can be. i do not suffer from your problems but we do have pain in common.. ~X( good luck as you seek pain relief! :D Jenny :)
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