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C4-C7 Herniations with Spinal Cord Compression/Stenosis
I am a 39 y/o F that started having severe pain approx. 1 month ago. It was originally diagnosed in the ER as a pinched nerve and I started chiropractic treatment, yoga and steroids. It progressively got worse with spasms and numbness and tingling in my left arm. I could not get adequate treatment in the very small, rural town I currently live in so on a visit to see my family in Jacksonville,FL, I went to see my old doctor. He ordered an MRI . did several other tests and put me back on steroids , Soma and Loratab. I also have a friend that gave me some Lidocain patches and I tried them for the first time last night and it was wonderful relief! Prior to this, I never had any medical problems, car accidents (2 in my early 20.s w/no complications), etc., just had my arm go numb about a month ago and then intense pain in my left arm
My MRI results came back last week and revealed the following:
Disc Herniations with thecal sac compression and cord impingement C4-5, C5-6 AND C6-7
Annual tears C4-5, C5-6, C6-7
Multi level degenerative and hypertrophic spondilitic changes througout the cervical region as outlined
Multi level thecal sac compression with foraminal narrowing/ stenosis as described
There was also mild ventral cord compression at C4-5 and C6-7
The nurse at my doctors office told me to restrict all activity until I see the Neurosurgeon as they felt they would want to do surgery immediately.
The Neurosurgeons office set me up for an appointment/consult on August 13.
I am concerned about what precautions I should currently be taking.
My aunt is a physical therapist and told me to go about my normal day, as to not atrophy the muscles but no lifting,etc., and my sister in law is a PA and I sent her my MRI to review.
I have to tried to review the boards for similar diagnosis. I am not going to hesitate to have surgery if it is recommended due to the potential for paralysis. I was wondering if anyone had any similar diagnosis and of so, what treatment did they receive and how is your current progress?