My question is that I most likely have Cervical Stenosis (awaiting
MRI but it makes a lot of sense), this is all brand new and scary to me, and so
what would you have like to have known when you first got the diagnosis that
would have benefited you at the most starting out with treatment and questions
for the Doctors?
I am 33 year old man (34 next month) who is pretty active; I
go the gym several times a week and I’m in decent shape.
I sit at a desk all M-F 9-5 and over a year ago; near the
end of the day I would get this small burning sensation in the top of my spine.
I didn’t think much of it as soon as I got I would get up and leave for the day
and it was gone. I would get this every couple of weeks and it never seemed
like a big deal (stupid now I know).
About 6 months ago, the trap muscle on my right side
starting to become swollen. For months, I started to massage and stretch it
myself to no avail.
About 2 Months ago, I set up an appointment with my doctor
but he was away on vacation so I met with his physician's assistant. She prescribed
ibuprofen and icing for my shoulder and set up a follow-up appointment with my
doctor in January. The icing and ibuprofen didn’t do much.
Last Thursday, I met with my doctor who made me get an X-ray.
I worked out with a new personal trainer who I spoke to
about my shoulder injury and he did a movement assessment. He noticed that my
ears are about an inch too far away from my shoulders and he thought that might
be causing my shoulder problem. He gave me a program and I worked out pretty
hard on Monday and Tuesday.
Monday, I had minor pain in my shoulders, first time in a
while (I had none over Christmas).
Tuesday morning, the doctor called me to say I have possible
narrowing of the neck discs and we setup an MRI for next Tuesday and PT is
scheduled for Jan 24th. I read up what that was and I was petrified.
I instantly figured I needed to fix my posture but later in the day the pain in
the top of my spine came back. I went home and iced/heated it and it went away.
But I started to feel tingling in my right hand (I actually had noticed this
before but it was so minor I ignored it).
Wednesday, I figured that my bad posture was causing the
narrowing of my discs so I spent the day pushing my head back so it is more in
line with my shoulders. The pain yesterday became intense, so bad I had to go
home and lie and the floor heating and icing my spine, pain went away pretty
quickly. Last night I had tingling, in both arms, both legs and even my
testicles. I’m absolutely petrified I did something yesterday that has done permanent
damage and I feel sick over it. I’m hoping it’s just a flare up from my
So today I have tingling in my both arms, both legs and my
testicles, very little pain though. I’m working from home alternating sitting
at my desk for 30 mins and lying on the floor for 30 mins. Last week, I was
mostly fine and didn’t even have neck pain, this week it feels like my life has
From what I read, cervical issues don’t cause tingling
anywhere other than the arms, correct? I getting a full spine MRI Tuesday which
should catch anything else, right? I’m hoping it’s just anxiety that is causing
The pain has gotten worse this week but it’s treatable. The tingling
has gotten much worse or I have just really noticed it but my any measure its
worse today. How much of this is reversible long term without surgery?
Any general advice that would be beneficial at the start as I’m
struggling right now to cope with the diagnosis?
Thanks in advance!
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