Some of you may have seen me here under the lumbar area, which I have issues with as well. But here is my situation and any advice or opinions are welcome.
I was fused at the c5/c6 level in 2007 due to a severe herniation. I am also fused at 15/s1 for same reason. Well turns out I have severe stenosis in my l4/l5 now from arthritis, bone spurs and all that fun stuff. Now I bring that up because the last week or so I have had some pain, but more like tightness in between my shoulders and my arm(s) sometimes feel kinda heavy at times. But it all comes and goes and it's fine when I sleep, it's only after I get up and as the day goes on. While I am asleep, however, I sometimes wake with one of my hands completely asleep, but not sure if it's related. I am sure this has something to do with my cervical issues, perhaps I now have stenosis in there too since I have it in my lumbar. I mean, if you have it in one place, does it make you more likely to have it elsewhere? Like a genetic thing. But what I am most concerned with is possible pressure on the cord itself. This is different than when I had the disk herniation and had pain all down the arm and shoulder. It's less pain and more a tightness between my shoulders with occasional arm "heaviness." Like I said too, it all comes and goes. I can feel perfectly fine and then it kicks in for a bit. It's kind of scary. Anyone have this feeling or something similar? I am making an appointment with my doctor of course, but in the meantime any info from the community would be helpful.