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I have within the past few years been experiencing some troubles and some interesting symptoms. I woke up with what I thought was a pinched nerve in my neck a few years ago, unable to move or turn my head or move my left arm. After a few days the pain went away and kept recurring every few months. Also around this time, I noticed I started to develop a strange buzzing feeling in my feet, arms, and my legs were extremely sensitive to touch. Fast forward a year and I started to develop muscle spasms in my chest, and my right wrist and hand and shoulder is in constant dull pain. Also lots of pain in my feet and calves, feels deeper than muscle pain. I also have developed muscle twitches throughout my body, especially my chest and upper legs and arms, bladder urgency, and . After a variety of appointments, I got an MRI on my neck resulting in the following: c3-c4 herniated with spinal cord contact and moderate stenosis, c4-c5 moderate to severe stenosis resulting in contact with spinal cord. c5-c6 severe spinal stenosis with left ventral aspect of spinal cord being pressed which is resulting in continuous muscle spasm.

My doctors originally said the above wasn't serious enough to warrant surgery on a 26 year old. They have tried muscle relaxers, steroid shots, all to no avail. However, my surgeon insists that he doesn't want to do surgery on someone so young. However.,. after seeing another spinal surgeon at my husband's urging for a second opinion, this doctor says I am exhibiting signs of myelopathy and will only get worse. He seems to think all of my symptoms are coming from the 3 levels on my neck. At this point I am afraid to get any worse, and I am also curious, does anyone else have symptoms that mirror mine? Any advice would be great. Thank you!
C3-C6 herniated causing severe foraminal stenosis pressing against the left ventral aspect of the spinal cord.


  • I had cervical stenosis with myelopathy, intravertibral herniated discs at 3 levels with myelopathy, and spondyliosis with myelopathy. Symptoms were nerve pain/sensitivty across upper back, terrbile neck and shoulder pain, touch sensitivty and burning pains in both forarms, tingling/numbness in my left foot, tingling in both legs, muscle spasms in left hand and eventually partial paralysis of left hand, lower ability to walk, and multiple numb spots around my body (also migraines were possible associated with the damage that was incurred to my spinal cord). Mine progressed for 5 years undiagnosed and by the time the military realized what was going on it was bad. Myelopathy never gets better and without proper treatment will continue to get worse and worse (possible paralysis and loss of blatter control). Granted mine was very progressed as I had almost 90% impengement of my spinal cord at two levels. So our symptoms mirror each other quite a bit with mine having been a bit further progressed than yours. When it starts getting bad things can go downhill quite quickly. So if that is your surgeon's findings and you trust him I would go ahead with his suggestion. I am only 29 (was 28 when I had surgery) so I am around a similar age range and it sucks to have such extensive neck surgery early in life but it beats the alternative of being a quadrolplegic and needing a cathater. Also, just know that the surgery is done to stop the progression of myelopathy symptoms/halt continued damage. It may not and most likely will not stop your pain. I am now seeing a pain specialist to try and mitigate the left over problems from the damage to my spinal cord which is working quite well for me. There is light at the end of the tunnel finally, though I have sadly had to give up my military career due to it all. Best of luck to you. Hopefully I can further answer any questions you can come up with.
  • Hi, thank you so much for your response. I am fairly certain that my injury was caused by falling when I was shoveling snow, 4 years ago. I broke my wrist but I also had an extremely stiff and sore neck. My symptoms started 2-3 months after that. I think I forgot to say that the burning was finally what sent me to see what was wrong in the first place. I had burning up the back of my head into the top half of my face and in my right arm and thigh. I thought I had a stroke! I suppose the hardest thing is that my neck could cause this many symptoms, and of course having one doctor say it would and the other says it wouldn't is very confusing! I think the worst is the muscle spasms and the muscle twitches. It is fairly scary to watch my muscles jump around in my arm, stomach or leg without any control on my part. Will the surgery help those? I am not on any pain meds or muscle relaxants except for when I have gone through a bad spell, I have mostly dealt with the pain except when I wake up and can't move my neck as it feels like it is breaking in two. That is also per the advice of my first spinal surgeon. I am due to get another MRI next month to see how much it has progressed in the past 8 months. Thank you so much for the response. It's good to know I'm not so crazy as I feel most days. :-)
    C3-C6 herniated causing severe foraminal stenosis pressing against the left ventral aspect of the spinal cord.
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