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Newbie- MRI with Mod Left foraminal narrowing

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi, I am happy to have found this site. I hope to get some answers. I am a 31 y.o. woman.I have been experiencing right shoulder pain and headaches for many years. This past year numbness and tingling in my right arm, and sometimes both arms at night. I was dx with Carpal Tunnel last year. Then I finally saw an Orthapedic Surgeon that ordered an MRI ( which I had on Wed).
I don't have the full report but I do know I have moderate left foraminal narrowing at my C7 and T1. I have an appt with him on Wednesday, I have been researching and unsure what to expect. This week the pain has been especially bad. I already did physical therapy for 6 weeks, and take NSAID's. Is surgery my best option?

I am freaking out a little.I am a nurse, and I am also getting married in October. So all of these expenses are being thrown at me. I can't be out of work for too long. Oh boy. Please help!


  • Your symptoms sound like mine. Except I didn't have shoulder pain, more so headaches off and on for years. And my pain is on my left side only. It started with numb, tingling on the left hand , then neck pain on the left side, then shoulder pain, then slight arm wrist weakness. I've had all the test (MRI and X ray results in my signature.) I've been doing the conservative treatment for over a year now. Pain killer, muscle relaxer, sometimes NSAID. If you haven't tried a muscle relaxer I'd ask you doc about it.

    My doctor said that my stuff isn't enough to have surgery to send to a neurosurgeon. I've have disc problems small herniations, arthritis, forminal narrowing/impingement on the left side (but only my x ray picked that up). I've developed similar to my left leg and have lower back pain now.

    I'm 27. Anyhow I would talk to your NS or Neuro and see if you are a candidate for surgery, but I might try to keep it in the conservative route as long as you can. I've heard stories of people getting worse with surgery sometimes...Surgery scares me anyhow.

    Good Luck!
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