Hi. This all started August on 2012 with severe pain in left upper back (between shoulder blade & spine). I thought I had a muscle spasm. Also had some tingling in fingers and left triceps became very weak. Had the MRI in November and confirmed stenosis and bulging disks at C5-6 and C6-7. Spinal cord effaced at C6-7 with some myelomalacia. By end of year, symptoms were minimal and I was thinking I was home free.
Starting in Feb. 2013, I noticed a bit of what I now know is clonus (involuntary spasming) in the right foot accompanied by a feeling of slight weakness in right hamstring muscles.. No change for about the next 3 months at which point I began to notice more impacts on the right leg, i.e., all muscles about 20% weaker, some issues with balance and gait stability.
Had 2nd MRI July 2013. Although findings are similar in terms of measured disc intrusion & canal narrowing (stenosis), the current symptoms imply that the spinal cord is being compressed vs. the nerves where they exit the cord, which was my 2012 issue. The disruption to my lifestyle is more significant this year, as walking not as steady, etc. I'm doing some traction now, but no changes are occurring.
I feel like I'm going to be on my own WRT surgery... either I do it and it doesn't help much (my ortho guy says he can assure that symptoms don't get worse, but cant predict amount of recovery of impacted neuro-function), or I don't do it and risk permanent injury to spinal cord, at which point, nothing will help
I'd like to hear from people with similar symptoms are what treatments you did with success or not.