I have been reading posts all over this site for a few days and think I have found the main category for me. If I am posting in the wrong place, please let me know. I am amazed at people's conditions and experiences, and how well they seem to do in such hard times, and to then be able to help others. It is such a comfort.
I am scared to death. I have no diagnosis yet (only MRI) because I have been passed around by mistake to the wrong doctors, and am making an appt. tomorrow with either a neurosurgeon or spine specialist. I know I need that diagnosis before I know what is really going on.
I am 51 (female). Tingling and numbness in right hand, left pinky, some muscle weakness and loss (not too bad) of grip in right hand, no real pain, all over the last 6 months or so. Had MRI 2 wks ago, and since then I have had more symptoms. Minor pain in right arm, heaviness in my legs (at times), my foot seems to want to bounce up and down if I cross my legs (I can control it, but I read about this), neck pain with headaches (a couple of times), also pain in my right toes (once).
I don't feel that badly, the symptoms come and go, but they are very, very scary. I assume I have cervical stenosis and perhaps lumbar/spinal?? Is this also called myelopathy?
MRI says: Caliber and signal characteristics of visualized spinal cord within normal limits. Multilevel canal narrowing, C3, C4, through C6-7. Not good, I don't think. Neural foraminal stenosis above described levels. Central canal stenosis.
Experiences or comments? Does this seem to warrant surgery now? I certainly don't want that, but if symptoms can progress quickly - is there a risk of serious disability, even paralysis, especially without surgery? The surgery must be very difficult. I would really appreciate any honest thoughts or anyone who may know of similar experiences. If it is best to wait for a diagnosis, I will do that and come back! Thank you!!!!!