I just happened upon this forum while looking for info on "cervical stenosis. I have DDD affecting neck, thoracic,and lumbar. I have been dealing with these issues for 10 years due to work and other injuries. Often complicated by misinformation, misdiagnosis, etc. My most recent MRI showed a fourth ruptured disk at C7-T1. This in addition to C4,5,6, all of which are "forming a mass effect, deforming the central canal anteriorly" . My newest symptom has been increased numbness and pain in neck shoulders arm, hands, along with profound weakness which is also new. I do have a level of understanding, but my perspective on back injuries and care of is a bit skewed. My dad had major back issues and surgery with VERY poor results. I also worked with that same neurosurgeon who lost his license due to his high complication rate and malpractice. All I have seen is poor outcomes. Denial is an interesting thing. With this new report though, I really need to find a balance with activity. Thank you all for your sharing as I have already learned much from reading this site. The advice "If it hurts, don't do it" is just not going to cut it anymore. How do you all find that balance of accomplishment versus not doing further damage?
Thanks so much!
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