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truffleloverttrufflelover Posts: 13
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi-I'm a 49yo who recently got the following mri report after suffering for a couple of years with increasing L neck/shoulder pain & numbness.
Degenerative Spondylotic disease of cervical spine:
@ C3-4 uncovertebral spurring causes severe L and mod.Rt.neural foraminal stenosis
@ C4-5 same as above
@ C5-6 disc/osteophyte complexes cause moderate L & severe Rt.neural foraminal stenosi.Small rt. posterolateral disc protrusion causes foraminal stenosis on rt.
I have tried P.T.,therapeutic massage,trigger point inj.with little relief. I currently use pneumatic traction 2x day @ 25lbs.take percocet and when pain is unbearable do a 7day course of prednisone which does calm things down for a few weeks. After reading many posts it seems as though surgery often causes more problems. Since the steroids give me relief I was wondering if anyone has had success with herbs etc? Also how successful is surgery for forminal stenosis. My doc said it is rare to only have it unilaterally. Thnx for all who respond God Bless You.


  • I couldn't really say if surgery or not is the answer but perhaps a 2nd and 3rd opinion from a Neurosurgeon and/or Orthosurgeon can help you. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I really do not have any answers for you either but I did want to welcome you to the forum.
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