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wmcduffwwmcduff Posts: 2
edited 12/24/2015 - 8:32 PM in New Member Introductions
Hey all. I am a 45 year old man. I have been experiencing some odd things for months. I finally got an appointment with a neurologist a month ago. He did the horrible emg tests where they shock you. He did a brain MRI and a lower back MRI which both came back clear. But the technician didn't talk to me about the results. I learned the results from the neurologist at a later appointment. Then he ordered a thoracic and cervical MRI. When I went in the technician asked me what radio station I liked. I listened to music and got very relaxed and completely quit thinking about my condition. When it was over, I was expecting to be led out without discussion as before. The last radio song was called, “This is going to be the best day of my life.” I was on that kind of pop music high when the technician said, “dude you gotta see this.” He lead me back into the control room. He said, “this is off the books. O.K?” I told him that I wouldn’t get him into any trouble. The image he showed me was a herniated disc in my neck between cervical vertebrae 5 and 6. A lot of emotions have been racing around in my head since then. The next day the neurologist told me that a neurosurgeon would recommend prompt surgery to relieve pressure on the spinal cord. A more exact medical term for my condition is cervical spinal stenosis. Stenosis is when the spinal cord’s ability to quickly send and receive messages down to the rest of the body is compromised in some way. I read about the symptoms of this disorder and they all match my own. They include the gradual weakening of the legs. I’m walking a little slower every day. Tingling sensations in the hands. This doesn’t really bother me. Hyper-reflexivity. This is actually really cool. The bottom of my foot will tap on the ground like an impatient person involuntarily for a minute at a time if I put my foot on the floor at a certain angle. I am able to stop it by just moving my whole leg to a different angle. I haven’t met with a neurosurgeon yet, but I think my life is about to get rocked up a bit. Most people with a herniated disc, have some kind of pain. I don’t have any pain. I have suffered more by not understanding what the [edit] was wrong with my body. The surgery is not guaranteed to reverse all of the declines I’ve experienced, but it will slow the progress of my neurological decline. I would be interested in hearing from someone else who has experienced anything similar.

What is Spinal Stenosis
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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