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Cervical Stenosis pain 24/7 HELP!!!

Pete25PPete25 Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm a 25 year old guy from Sydney. I have always had mild neck and upper back stiffness since about 4 years ago. I was manageable and a good massage and stretches would usually help.

About a month ago i got a CT scan done for my Cervical spine and the report i got back said:

"There is a midline posterior prominance of the C5/6 disc. At this level the AP diameter of the spinal canal is approx 8mm which is well below the normal range.
The AP diameter of the spinal canal at the level of the C5/6 is reduced, suggesting spinal stenosis. There is prolapsed material in the midline which does not impinge upon the intervertebral foramina."

My Doctor said i have cervical stenosis and he referred me to a specialist which i see in a few days.

The pain in the last week has been excruciating and very nerve feeling, feels like some hit me as hard as there could in the shoulder blade and arm with a metal pole, and it travels down to my right shoulder blade and down my arm under the armpit to the lower inner tricep and also in the front shoulder and outer chest. All on the right side. It is crippling in the morning and i have to immediately take 2 panadeine forte and anti inflammatries.

I can still walk pick up things, move my head and neck around very carefuly though.

My questions are:

I'm only 25, is this going to get worse?

Has anyone else dealt with this and what happened?

Does it sound like i will need surgery?

Could this be the cause of all the neck tension and mild pain i've had over the years?

Even though i see the specialist in 4 days i am still scared that maybe i will have to live with this forever or the narrowing of my spinal canal with get worse and i will end up paralysed.

Please help and give feedback, comment, experiences. And if there are any Doctors who can give me advice i would be very grateful.

Thanks for reading




  • Try not to worry too much before seeing the doctor in 4 days. I would research cervical stenosis so that you understand what is going on. The pain you describe sounds somewhat familiar; many of us on here can relate.

    I wouldn't be worried about living like this forever. When the symptoms get bad enough, the doctor will decide the best course of treatment for you. I always advise that people be assertive in their care. If something isn't working, (after giving it a chance) seek out something else. You are so young to be going through this. Listen to what the specialist says, and then make your decisions based on that. Hopefully some help is on the horizon for you.
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • Thank you so much cindy, that helps. The thing that worries me the most is because i'm young and if i don't get this fixed i can't imagine how bad it could be when i'm in my 40's or something
  • Any more advice?

    I keep everyone updated on what happens tuesday when i see the specialist
  • Hi Pete,

    Your concerns are all very valid. What I went through was very similar to what you are going through. Your pain specialist will most likely prescribe you some form of conservative treatment from meds to physical therapy to steroid injections. You may also be getting an mri.

    I would like to talk to you more, maybe we could be support to each other? Please feel free to PM me.

    I am trying to find a link to a thread about being young and having spine issues....
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
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