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bjaarbbjaar Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi, I am new to this forum. I've been reading some of the posts and am very grateful for this website. People have offered much of their own experiences. I have arthritis, C7-T1, and foraminal stenosis. MRI (about 18 mths ago) showed no bone spur contact with the nerve root. Seems like numbness and pinching are caused by chronic muscle spasms. When I focus on relaxing trapezius muscles the symptoms lessen or disappear temporarily. I am taking tylenol and muscle relaxants. I also find myself hooked up to my TENS unit quite frequently. I am 55, and find that my physical activities are very limited now. I also have disc bulges in lumbar spine. Will be seeing my doctor in a couple of weeks and am assuming she will order PT. It has helped in the past with both cervical and lumbar issues. While my doctor believes in conservative treatment, when I have asked her about foraminotomy she has a very positive response. I would like to hear from anyone who has had cervical foraminotomy, and what are long term results.I am very afraid of surgery but I don't think these arm symptoms will go away...Thanks for being here!




  • and welcome to the forum. You will find a ton of support from our wonderful member community here. The talk of surgery or surgery itself can be a very scary thing indeed.....but this is not something that you will have to go through alone....you have all of us now. If there is ever anything that I can do for you then please fell free to just let me know. Also , please keep us posted on how you are doing and what you may or may not have coming up....take care.....Miki
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. I'm glad you found us, but sorry you're having problems.

    I'm afraid I don't know anything about a cervical foraminotomy, but if you go to the top of the page and type this in the search area, there will be a lot of results for info on this site about it, including a video and previous posts from people that were/are about to have it done or did have it done.

    Take care,
  • Miki, thanks for the support!

  • Thanks, Cath. I have checked the topic and I'll continue to do so.

  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am so glad you stopped by. this is a great place to learn all about your questions and meet wonderful spineys. :D whether to chat or vent or just to hang and listen there is always someone around to listen. good luck as you move forward on your pain journey. :D i am only a few years younger than you and suffer from arthritis as well. :( see you around. :D Jenny :)
  • Thanks for replying. It has been difficult to deal with lately. Lots of muscle spasms, numbness and nerve irritation. I am not sure how I will go for the rest of my life like this. A year ago I had "recovered" from a flare-up and didn't have to take any medication. Now it just seems like I can't keep the symptoms to a minimum if I do the things that I want to do, and acting cautiously at that. But the forum is giving me some ideas, and creativity and hope go together. My time is almost up, I am setting a timer so I don't spend too much time on any activity. Hope to talk to you again.

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