Hello to everyone out there in this community. I am not used to doing this-not a techno person, but maybe I can work my way through and join you all.
I am a 59 year old female, will be the Big 60 in November-seems very significant. I hope to be the Best Physical 60 year old I can be. But my spine seems to have a new surprise for me -and it is creeping me out.
History- In 2002, had a laminectomy and fusion of cervical verts (forget which ones) with plate and screws) My spine was a mess-a three hr operation turned into six-very serious, my cord was kinked by the stenosis, I was numb up to my knees, had gait problems, tripping, etc
I had wonderful nuero guys-if I am going to go under the knife again, I am going to insist on same team! I came through with all functions restored, numbness gone, all ok.
Well now it is May 2013, and I got a call on my recent MRI-seems I have Multi-level foraminal stenosis, the gal rattled off a bunch of verts affected, I asked for copy of the report, I hope I get it tomorrow so I can research some more. In researching on this site, I found that swallowing & breathing can be affected- in rare cases, it says. Oh boy, that would be me-can't have anything simple. I just realized that some weird things I have been experiencing may be symptoms. I have had three times a strange sensation in the legs that I thought was "restless leg syndrome" which is accompanied by a feeling that I cannot swallow. This feeling in my legs forces me to get up and walk for awhile tell myself I can swallow-get a drink of water-and try to get back to bed, It will keep going for awhile-last time I tried a little yoga which seemed to help. I told my psychiatrist about the "restless legs", as I am on a psych drug that may have that side effect, but he said I would be having restless leg a lot more if it was. Now I am thinking what I am having is some spasms from current problems in spine. Reading about the swallowing problems -was a shock-I had only told my Dr. that I had left side numbness in arm/leg, tripping-always left side. I am going to let them know about what I have read. Weird thing is, I never have pain, but I think arthritis is setting in. Anybody out there experience anything like I have? Best wishes to you all! M.E.