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!