Hi - I was recently diagnosed with cervical stenosis, but I've had symptoms for a while. I had two herniated disks five years ago - C5 and C6. I am 49 years old.
I saw a Neurosurgeon yesterday who clearly stated that surgery was necessary. I swore I'd never have this procedure, but after listening to him and looking at the MRI, I feel there is no choice. He told me that I have an osteophyte that is so embedded in the spinal cord that a fall or car accident could sever the cord and cause paralysis. I have surgery scheduled in a few weeks.
The whole procedure makes me squeemish so I didn't ask too many questions. I do know that it's an anterior procedure using a cadaver bone.
I also have Lupus which is complicating the situation since I have many symptoms and side effects from medications. I am still working full time but not sure how much longer I can do that. I'm barely hanging on.
I guess my questions are:
Has anyone had improvement in extremity strength after the procedure?
Has anyone had improvement in balance and coordination after the procedure?
Has anyone had problems with concentration and fatigue along with stenosis? I'm not sure if these problems are caused by the stenosis or Lupus or medication. I can't sort anything out any more.