I have been reading many posts on this forum for information and thought I would post my own questions in the hopes that someone might be of assistance.
I have cervical spinal stenosis which has progressed over the past 8 years based on my symptoms and MRI results. I am now at the stage where the burning pain down my neck and upper back is quite intense at times. Depending on how I hold my head or how I am sitting, my arms, hands and legs go numb and I am unable to perform tasks. (I use to be able to move my head around to get the circulation back but that is becoming more and more difficult now) My limbs tend to 'jump' on occasion without warning. I have neuropathy in both hands and substantial weakness in both arms and hands, as a result I often drop things. Walking is OK but I have neuropathy in the right leg with numbness down both legs, I trip a lot more now. After the results of my recent MRI were faxed to my family physician, she sent in a referral to a neurosurgeon. I was just advised that the surgeon refused the referral - not sure why. My question, here is should I be pursuing a consult or is this simply not a surgical issue? While I am not thrilled with the idea of a surgical procedure being performed on my neck, after reading the many posts, I thought that might have been a solution to my issues.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.