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Cervical spinal stenos alone?

I have been diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis, after several years of unusual symptoms and the gradual loss of function in using my right hand and arm. Years ago I had sciatic pain, and was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease. Recently my lower back pain has returned, and yesterday, after bending to reach something out of the refrigerator, felt intense burning in my neck, with muscle spasms in my lower back. I then felt very weak. My limbs felt shakey, my vision was blurred, and I was dizzy. Could these symptoms be related to the cervical stenosis, or should I seek further investigation to the possibility of stenosis in my lower back also?


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery

  • Sorry to hear about your spinal problems. You are among many others here who are facing similar issues and we understand how hard this can be.

    I have problems throughout my spine and I think with degenerative spinal problems that is not unusual.

    Neck problems can cause symptoms in the legs and feet which is what I had. Mine was caused by cord compression.

    I had previously had a lumbar fusion so that made it more complicated to decide what level of my spine was causing my problems and pain.
    I saw a neurologist to rule out MS and he felt that all my symptoms could be coming from the cord compression in my neck so I had a 2 level ACDF of C3/4 and C4/5. The two levels below were also very degenerated but the cord was not compressed so my surgeon only fused the two worst levels to give a better chance of me fusing successfully.

    I am still have most of my problems so still have many questions about what is going on. I believe that the two levels below the neck fusions are responsible for quite a lot of it. My right hand and arm are becoming very painful and rather weak. Did you have pain as you lost the function of your arm?

    Firstly I would suggest that you let your doctor know about your latest symptoms.
    I also suggest that you keep a record of your symptoms.
    Where they are / what causes them / what helps them / how long they last etc etc.

    This will help you to explain to your doctor what you are experiencing in a detailed and efficient way.

    I don't think that blurred vision and dizzyness are usually symptoms of cervical stenosis so please do let your doctor know about them. I hope that you will get some helpful answers soon. :-)

  • I have stenosis in my neck an lower back. My arms an legs do get weak at times. But I also have other issues with both of them too.
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