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C6-7 Spinal Stenosus Question

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Spinal Stenosis
Hello to Everyone,

I just joined this forum today, searching for answers to the diagnosis that I received today from my Neurosurgen.

Today was my first first with this Dr. and I was surprised to learn that I had a critical problem and needed immediate surgery. He showed me my xrays and MRI and explained that my spinal cord was compressed 40% and that I ran the risk of permanet damage to my spinal cord resulting in death or paralysis. He recommended that I have spinal fusion/cage surgery.

In the past I have been evaluate and treated by a neurologist for pain in my forearms, hands and feet. Was diagnosed as having small fiber disease and placed on Lyrica. I also had carpal tunnel surgery for pain in hand with no relieve.

I'm not asking anyone to give me a medical evaluation based on this information but would like to know if anyone has every been told that 40% compression on the spinal cord is a life threatening or a permanetly disabiling situation.

I am, of course, quite concerned about my situation but somewhat skeptical of the diagnosis. I am in the process of
trying to find another neurosurgen for a second opinion.
In the mean time, I am trying to get as much information as I can so I can make an informed decision.

I would be greatful for any comments and information referrals that can be given.



  • Wow Delta6,
    I don't know about you but what Paul describes are my worst fears. It appears your neuro may be right but it sure would help to get a 2nd opinion from another one. That way you'll be certain that the surgery is the best thing for you.

    I found out that I had lumbar stenosis 2 or 3 years ago and just recently found out that I have moderate to severe cervical stenosis. I figured I'd wait till I have drop foot or am needing a wheelchair all the time (I used one at Disney World a few weeks ago) before having surgery. I am seeing a neurologist next week to get some idea of how much nerve damage I have. I had complete bladder incontinence last summer and fall but it has gotten better. Can't tell you why, but I sure am thankful! I occassionally drop things and when the pain is most severe I have trouble lifting my left leg (My PT says I have 50% loss of function in that leg.)My pain is much improved with the PT and I was considering not going to the neurologist.
    All that to say..after hearing your story Paul, I am definitely going and may not want to wait for surgery much longer.....

    Thanks for sharing.
  • Is your hand,arm,feet pain actually due to this?
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  • i've heard comments on here before of people having surgery for carpel tunnel and it didn't help them probably because it wasn't that to begin with.I had surgery for spinal cord compression ,i had three discs that were flattening my spinal cord.i had mylopathy also and the surgeon says it is still fairly bad. Had my surgery in april of this year.i had gait trouble,muscle weakness in all four extremeties,pain all of my body and numbness up and down my arms and back.Had many falls which led me to use a cane and many more symptoms.Any kind of spinal cord compression can be very dangerous.If you fell or got into an accident that compression could cause paralyzis.
  • Can you give us an update please? Just wondering how you're doing. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • In 1998 I had some pain from the back of my elbow across to the front, it was moderate at first then awful, was told I had tennis elbow, then the pain continued down to my wrist, was told I had carpal tunnel syndrome, then the pain proceeded to the hand, was told I had hand nerve damage. With each diagnosis I went to a different specialist, with different treatments, the only thing they had in common was the $50 co pay and copays for each follow up and 6 months of PT, 3 MRI's looked at by all these drs. Finally I told my PCP to amputate the arm or find out what the heck was going on. Went straight to a Neuro Surgeon that day, one quick look at one of the MRI's and she scheduled me for surgery that week. When I woke up in the ICU after the Cervical Corepectomy of C5,6,7 no pain (a little where they took bone out of my pelvis for a graft) that was almost 9 years ago and my arm feels great! Unfortunately as most of us find out the lumbar is the next to go and the surgery is a lot more intense. Get a 2nd opnion and do what you think is best. My pain was unbarable even with the hard drugs.
    Good Luck and my sincere hope for a great outcome!
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  • found a lot more then they thought. sugery 5hrs i am 72 after the sugery i did not no anyone of my family or the day i had nightmares . i came around on the 5th day, the day i was going home i still was not all there the blood lady came in that say i come to get your blood ,i sayed how much is it going to cost me. i am saying all of this for a reason ,when they got in there they put in six screw rods i had a lot spinal stenosis, all thought my spine,i had a repair for dural leak, what ever that is
  • Medical History

    had symptoms of weak leg,wobbly legs,arm pain shoulder to elbow,weakness,loss of sensitivity in hands and feet.
    was diagnosed with stenosis, herniated disc c3-c4,ddd at c4-c5, bone surs pushing on spinal cord.
    had level 2 acdf with cadaver and titanium plate nov 13, 08
    90% of pain is gone shoulders still ache from surgery. gained feeling back in feet and legs, leg aches gone.
    i too was told cord was compressed by 50% and all the symptoms above were caused by it. i was told that if i were to get a whiplash or fall hard i too could be paralyzed.so its safe to say it is serious. i had arm pains 3 yrs plus
  • it has been 8 weeks ,i was not told that they were going to put screws and rods in my back . i found out after i got my file .it is the law doctors have to give you a copy of your file if you ask for it i was blown away when i read it, i was in a wheel chair before sugery, the sugery was not going to stop the pain just help it so it was not going to be so bad ,if i had been told this i would not have had the sugery, :''(
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