Hi all. Wow this is such a great forum!
I have had moderate chronic neck pain most of my adult life due to various sports injuries, falls, etc. I’m 46 now – non-smoker, normal BMI. Had an mri scan of my neck recently as I’ve developed tingling, burning, electric shocks in my left arm and both feet. No major pain though. Nothing like what people experience here. The scan showed cervical stenosis and small disc bulges with DDD. I’m going to an osteopath for massage and dry needling which helps muscle spasms. I will see an NS in a months time - he deals specifically with stenosis and also specialises in minimal invasive surgery etc. My question is – have any of you had cervical stenosis with radiculopathy and gone down the conservative route, i.e. PT, traction etc... for any decent amount of time before having surgery? I’m just wondering how long I can put surgery off as a preventive measure before running into trouble with permanent nerve damage? I’m willing to get off my ass and work hard to do this and I need to be armed with as much information as possible before I meet the NS. Thanks so much in advance!!