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Preparing for spine appointment

About two and 1/2 years ago I herniated a disk in my neck and suffered the worst imaginable pain in my left arm that dragged on for many months. The first two months I couldn't even get off my couch. I saw an orthopedic surgeon and I was offered 2 choices, cervical fusion at two levels due to moderate central canal stenosis, arthritis, and all the other stuff that goes along with it, or conservative care. I chose conservative care and two years later my left arm is as good as new other than a finger that has never regained full feeling which doesn't bother me at all. Now, I'm having issues on my right side. Not much pain (thank you God!) but I have this annoying tingling and some neck and shoulder stiffness. I have good neck rom, but some mild pain when I look up and some pain when I tuck my chin towards the right. When I look up my arm falls asleep, when I let my arm hang to the side, it falls asleep. What really troubles me though is I have this whole body tingling going on. It's most prominent in right arm, but tops of my feet and toes tingle, left hand tingles, legs tingle. I'm worried about spinal cord compression and think I need to see a specialist who will take me seriously. I've seen 2 GP's who think it's all in my head because blood tests are normal and only prescribe antidepressants because they think I'm depressed and have anxiety. They've seen my MRI and think it's not neck related despite moderate central stenosis. I know I'm not depressed and believe me, I would rather it be something simple other than my neck. I've done a lot of reading on it and I finally decided to make an appointment with a spine center I've done some research on. This center focuses on taking the most conservative route possible before surgery. the physicians are neurologist which I think I need since all my symptoms seem nerve related. I'm just looking for some insight from others on how to prepare for this appointment. There are times I've went to the doctor and spaced off asking important questions. What are some good questions to ask the doctor? What's the best way to prepare for this appointment? Also any people with cervical stenosis/ spinal cord compression ever have whole body tingling before? I don't have any weakness or walking problems, just annoying tingling, prickling sensations all over. Thanks!


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