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MRI question

Recently had MRI and had one a year ago on my neck. Regular doctor said neck has gotten worse. 
Left side of neck feels like a knot. Left shoulder pain constant. Not terrible but always there. Some tingling in fingers and arm on left side. 

MRI impression said:

1. Progression of the left posterior disc osteophyte at ç5-c6 with severe lateral recess stenosis and left neural foraminal stenosis. There is indentation of the left aspect of the cervical cord at this level but no underlying signal abnormality.

2. Otherwise some progression of moderate neuroforminal stenosis at the remaining levels due to facet disease.


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,658
    Hello weinandymr1
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    You mentioned comments made by your "regular" doctor.
    Is that your primary doctor?

    My primary doctor tried to work with my pain two,years before referring me to pain management doctor.
    Best thing for me!

    I beleive in specialists as no one doctor can know all things about all things.
    My PM doctor was able to find more issues than previous told to me, effective treatments, pain is always there for me, but the edge is taken off...and has kept me out of the ER with uncontrollable, out of my mind pain. Huge relief!

    So specialist? Just a thought!
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  • Went to specialist today. Have bad herniation on c5-c6 and wants to do surgery soon. I would like to wait. He said it's up to me but during testing I had lost noticeable strength in left arm. I was asked because I hadn't noticed. I also have numbness in right leg after standing for 15 minutes or so. How long is recovery from this surgery? He told me six weeks with a collar. Any help out there?
  • your specialist's reply makes sense based on what you wrote above.  It's only going to get worse, and more likely for permanent damage if you wait, IMHO. 

    Six weeks is an absolute minimum.  If you have a desk job, you *may* be able to go back.  Some have to take more like 8-12 weeks off.  It really just depends on how you do.  I went back (after a 3 level with corpectomy and much worse symptoms than you) at 8 weeks and it was way too soon.

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

  • Thanks, twynnb. This is my slow time of the year. I'm self employed and have some guys that can do the heavy work. I would like to wait till July but surgeon says that's a long time to wait. I can take about three weeks for sure but I'm involved with farming and will be doing some light work around first of March
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  • 6 weeks is the least....in my opinion...you'll feel ok but I did too much and ended back in surgery with another herniation about the existing 3 level fusion in C-4 - 7....I would take at least 8-12 weeks of doing as little beyond walking as you possibly can muster....mentally difficult if you are a doer like me.
  • When I had my 3 surgeries on my neck I was off 12 weeks each time, and I even worked a desk job.
  • Thanks for the responses. Having surgery on Feb 7. On the desk job and 12 weeks off, I have a job involving both. When I'm at the desk is always worse. Being outside moving around is the other part of my job and that has always seemed easier. I've talked to several people in person around here and they all were feeling much better in a couple weeks

  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    Let those guys do the heavy lifting for as long as possible.  You will probably feel like sitting at the desk in a few weeks, if all goes well - but for shorter periods of time followed by rest.

    Just give your neck as much chance of healing well as possible.  It is too easy to want to do too much.


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • I know. Raised on a farm so it's hard to let somebody else do things
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