HI all. I used this groups a few years back when I was first diagnosed with degenerative disc in my lumbar. A few days ago, I was diagnosed with stenosis in my cervical spine. The x-rays freaked me out - it is really bad. I will not have the MRI until next week, but its really just a waste of money since there is nothing that can really be done about either condition (or maybe it's just one condition - sucky spine).
So, there is another list of activities I have to give up since that is the only flipping thing I can do. My beloved gardening is on that list, and it just makes me cry. Down the road, there might be hope for steroid injections, but I saw the x-rays. The problem is not the nerve itself. There is no room for the nerve, so I am not feeling super confident about the injections.
Surgery is a last ditch and may not help anyway. I go on crying jags because I dread the future so much. I am afraid that I will not be able to work. I work at a home improvement store. I'm gonna start dropping buckets of paint because my right arm and shoulder go numb, and then I cannot control my arm very well.
Sorry to be such a downer.
How do ya'll live knowing that it only gets worse, for the rest of your life? I keep telling myself that I have the rest of my life to obsess on this. I should not do it now when I'm still in pretty good shape. But I am having trouble letting go. The dread is much worse than the pain at this point.
I am 55. Too young for this crap, IMO.