I am a 21 year old female who is quite healthy apart from a slight b12 deficiency. I was referred to a neurologist about a month ago when I complained to my primary care physician about occasional numbness and/or painful tingling in my lower legs and feet. I also told her I had considerable difficulty emptying my bladder (often having it take about an hour to do so completely). She sent me to have an MRI of my entire spine, and today I was given the results. She said there were “mild degenerative changes” in my lumbar spine, which I guess is what it is, but what troubled me most was that she said there was some foraminal narrowing in my C3-5 vertebrae. I have only heard of this occurring in patients who are a few decades older than myself. Is this common in someone my age? The nurse who relayed this news to me just kept saying “this can happen with aging” but I’m not entirely convinced she checked in re: what my age actually IS before talking with me.
Am I going to need surgery? Can I just ignore this? I’m very confused and unsure of what to do from here.
Any insight or information would be so appreciated…. especially regarding stenosis and the bladder issues I am describing. I'm just a little lost right now...
(Also, I'm surprised this is the case in conjunction with the b12 issue. I'm not *deficient* but my numbers are on the lower side)
Thank you for reading this!