Ok ... first of all - I am a bothie.
But since the addition of my Lumbar to my mix, I have had my own debate going on in my own mind/body ... Which is worse - my neck or my back? First pain wise ... and then in the big picture - potential danger - wise. (Obviously I have way too much time).
In searching our own SH site I found some very interesting
comments from one of our physician contributors relative to stenosis. (This was prompted by wondering why I don't hear more people talking about SEEP testing).http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/diagnostic-tests/somatosensory-evoked-potentials-ssep
"Lumbar Spinal Stenosis vs. Cervical Spinal Stenosis
•In lumbar stenosis, the spinal nerve roots in the lower back are compressed, or choked, and this can produce symptoms of sciatica -- tingling, weakness or numbness that radiates from the low back and into the buttocks and legs --especially with activity.
•Spinal stenosis pain in the neck (cervical spinal stenosis) can be far more dangerous by compressing the spinal cord. Spinal cord stenosis may lead to serious symptoms, including major body weakness or even paralysis. Such severe spinal stenosis symptoms are virtually impossible in the lumbar spine, however, as the spinal cord is not present in the lumbar spine."
I was mostly interested by the last couple of lines as it relates to the Neuro vs. Ortho debate also.
When it all shakes out ... At times I question our makers designs. (and corresponding sense of humor-irony-tragedy?).