Good morning and thank you for welcoming me to this group! My name is Bethany and this week I was diagnosed with congenital cervical spine stenosis from C3/C4 to C6/C7. The MRI also notes degenerative disc disease and disc protrusion of 4 vertebrae indenting the ventral thecal sac and cord (cord in C5/6 only). I am currently waiting on an appointment with the neurosurgeon and am quite anxious.
The thing is, I am only 34 years old and I am very physically active. I have new onset of numbness in my left hand and forearm as well as down my face and had tremors for over 10 years. I have also been progressively losing my once excellent vision (blurriness and intermittent exotropia) the last two months but I’m unsure if it is related to the stenosis. Lastly, the daily head/neck aches are exhausting.
I guess I am looking for anybody else who at a young age was diagnosed with this disease. Do you have any advice or suggestions for managing the discomfort and what, if any treatment did you find successful for your condition?
Thank you so much in advance and take care!!