I was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis after I had my first seizure when I was 27, which was 12 years ago. I was dealing with the seizure issue and it didn't seem to bother me so it was never quite real to me. Then recently I was playing tag with my daughter on a restaurant playground. I was under the platform of the equipment and I saw her peek her head over the side of the slide. I took a step and launched myself in an effort to tag her and collided head on with the bottom of the slide. The collision knocked me to the ground and caused my left arm to go completely numb.
Two days after the collision I ended up in the ER with tingling in my hands and feet. They told me I have four bulging discs in my neck and would need surgery. They then consulted with a neurosurgeon who said my condidtion was chronic and that I didn't need surgery.
For a couple months after the surgery I dealt with tingling and numbness in my arms and legs, balance and coordination issues, and off and on heavy legs. I progressively got somewhat better and had several days in a row where I felt normal. The symptoms always returned though eventually.
I finally got in to see a neurosurgeon and he told me that my narrowing was moderate and he did not recommend surgery. He didn't seem too concerned about it which was a relief. I left thinking that I would just progressively return back to normal and that I would have to be careful. Now I'm not so sure.
All of the numbness, tingling, and balance and coordination issues keep coming back and it made me come to the realization tonight that I might never return back to normal. I know my case isn't as bad as a lot of peoples but that realization that I might just get progressively worse has hit me pretty hard tonight. Everyone I talk with just tells me I am worrying too much. I wish I would have thought to ask the Dr. if I would get progressively worse and I didn't think of it. Is it likely that I'll always have the tingling, numbness, and balance problems and get progressively worse?