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Cervical stenosis symptoms

KkrossKKkross Posts: 1
edited 12/13/2015 - 1:50 PM in Spinal Stenosis
Hello everyone,

I am new to this forum. Trying to understand stenosis more. I was diagnosed approx. 3-4 yrs ago. And my pain is getting worse.

My symptoms are as follows:

-ocular migraines
-numbness in face
-mild numbness in right arm only
-pain numbness in legs
-pain at base of neck;sometimes so severe it actually feels like my brain is vibrating upon walking and physically hurts to walks due to the vibrating feeling
-right side shoulder area pain
-pain just below ear, back side of my jaw right side only

Anyone else with same or similar symptoms and suggestions of how to relieve them.? Or just plain advice? Some days I'm in so much pain....I just want to cry.

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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

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Personal Opinion, not medical advice :

From the symptoms you described, you were diagnosed with cervical stenosis. Again, with your MRI report/images did they identify any disc related problems in your cervical area? When anyone reads your symptoms, they read as a list of problems with someone that has some herniated cervical discs. Everything except the pain in your legs. Most stenosis patients have the upper body problems (cervical) and lower body problems are generally associated with those with lumbar stenosis. But of course it is possible to have both cervical and lumbar stenosis.

--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 12/13/15 15:18est



  • Not a doctor here, but before I had any symptoms in the hand and leg, I was told all the headache, pressure in my head was just muscle based, and not much to worry about. I've started having numbness now, and that seems more concerning and indicative of stenosis. I thought my numbness might be psychological, but after a few days I'm pretty sure it's not. Yours might be though? Check with your doctor, good luck!
  • I've been having excruciating neck and right arm pain for at least two years. I am 66 years old. Last month my NS had brought up the possibility of getting a spinal stimulator and to bring my husband to the next appointment to discuss it since I've already had 14 spinal surgeries (7 cervical, 7 lumbar). My husband is dead set against my having any more surgery since he feels in the long run it probably will not work. In the meantime, my NS asked me to get another cervical/thoracic MRI before the upcoming appointment to compare the MRIs to those from one year ago. My latest appointment was a week ago and the conversation seemed to be heading down the road to convince my hubby to seriously consider the stimulator. My surgeon was looking over the new MRI films when the whole mood in the room seemed to change. He said there was a decided change in my films and that he would like instead to do a posterior laminectomy at C1-C2. He said it would involve the area right under my skull. Needless to say, I been very nervous about this - I'm supposed to make up my mind by April 5th. Have any of you had this particular surgery done? I'm in so much pain I spend all day, every day, in bed either sleeping, reading, or watching TV. I feel like I've turned into a giant blob! My lumbar region hurts as much as the cervical but the pain is a bit easier to handle. I have very little control over my bladder and for the last couple of months I've been having trouble swallowing both food and my meds. Have you had these problems along with C1-C2 stenosis? The not being able to swallow often has me scared.
  • I forgot to list my medications. Per day I take 80 mg of Methadone, Norco 10-325 mg twice a day for breakthrough pain, 6 mg of Tizanidine, and 90 mg of Cymbalta. I'm allergic to Lyrica.       Terry
  •  I have the same symptoms  and mine went downhill fast after hitting a deer with my car 
     9 months later I could not take the pain and everything else that went with it Surgeon said his door was open for surgery 
    nothing else worked or helped  after surgery I still have some of those same symptoms  just not as severe  I also had a ringing in my ears  24/7 and still do after surgery have a feeling of bugs inside going up and down inside my neck....the vibrating was severe before surgery and I still have days where I vibrate even after surgery .I wish you the best it is rough what the body can do to a person
  • JustingarnerJJustingarner Sandy, UtahPosts: 5
    Kkross, just wondering if you have had the neck fusion operations yet?  They may help.  I had both operations 2 years ago.  I don't have any pain. But I do have the stiffness, and numbness associated with cervicle spinal stenosis. I also walk but with a limp on my right side...
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