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Severe foraminal stenosis

When I first read my own MRI report, it may as well have been written in Greek. After doing some internet research, I see there is a difference between "foraminal" stenosis and central canal stenosis. My MRI shows severe foraminal stenosis and mild central canal stenosis, both at C3-4 and C5-6. I will be seeing a NS in a few weeks. Because of personal reasons, I desperately want to know what treatment to expect, conservative or surgical. If it's surgical, I need to be making some plans. I understand the forum rules prevent anyone from giving medical advice. I just wonder if anyone has had a similar diagnosis/experience that they would be willing to share.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    I don't know if you have read these articles on the site but I have posted the links they may help if you haven't



    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • hello ab1988
    I also have bilateral neural foraminal stenosis and mild canal stenosis. My symptoms are neck pain, shoulder pain and bicep pain. This condition developed over many years. When I finally had a complete workup with mri I was sent to neurosurgeon who suggested two level acdf with complete hardware. When I first started having problems it was just a few days a month. Now after years my pain is everyday. I know I will have to have surgery soon. I have more pain on my left side than right with the exception of my shoulder blades which hurts uniformly across both. About two years ago I started going to pain management. I now take tramadol, flexeril, and lyrica for nerve pain. I have to keep working to provide for my wife and stay on healthcare benefits. I dont know your symptoms but there arent many here with severe neural foraminal stenosis. I know others here are in great pain, however this disease is no picnic either.
    I would be happy to answer any questions for you.
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