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Cervical Stenosis Question

I was at my pain management doctor today and he is very sue that my low back issues are a combination of congenital spinal stenosis, lumbar arthropathy, facet joint arthropathy, DDD, and ligamentum flavum hypertrophy. I am also having pain issues in my neck, shoulders, and hands. I was wondering if anyone with cervical spinal stenosis has ever had pain in your hands that is attributed to the SS? I am just trying to connect things up and was wondering is my stenosis might be in more areas of my spin then just the lumbar region.


  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I had pain in my arms, hands and my fingers would lock up of course always in some silly position where I would I would hide my hands in my pockets so no one could see
  • jeffntatejjeffntate Posts: 58
    edited 01/18/2014 - 5:38 PM
    Yes, foraminal stenosis which is compression of the nerve roots as they exit your spine can cause radicular arm pain. I get it all the time. It feels like writers cramp, except from my elbow to the ends of my fingers. Today the arm pain got to 7.5/10 which is really severe - enough to give me nausea that lasted several hours. I'm having an epidural steroid injection next week to see if it will help, and hopefully lower my need for narcotics. Ultimately, I am headed for a laminectomy and posterior fusion to decompress both my spinal cord and the nerve roots.
    Cervical laminectomy, facetectomy, and foraminotomy (3-6 of each) with instrumentation and cadaver fusion due to cervical spondylotic myelopathy, radiculopathy ,and spinal cord contusion - surgery done in April 2014.
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