What Are the Symptoms of Cervical Spinal Stenosis?

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My symptoms developed rather quicklyI want you to emergency room because my hands and forarms had gone numb the doctor they were indicated it was neuropathy and I should probably take some Tylenol or something. Well I waited having water show how to travel to my shoulder blades and now it is started at my toes and is working its way up my legs stopping eventually right under my chest.
eventually it took about six months between the ER of my general doctor and the surgeon but the number is studied in the toes and came up to right under my chest and arms all the way to the shoulder blades the surgeon will had me walk 8 feet turn around and come back and he told me right then and there you need surgery we never discussed option B C or D.. well I went in and had the surgery about 2 weeks later and I have to say it it did good I feel like a new person I have a little bit of numbness in my left leg still but it was well worth it thank you dr. Ramberg
  Icould not handle money, could not zip up my pants find a button my shirt, or pants symptoms were pretty bad.
 I felt like I was drunk.   I was uncoordinated.
It felt horrible all the time, only time I got relief from pain was during sleep. It's interesting how you forget about things because this pain before surgery and after surgery, was ridiculously awful. I remember saying that I worked as hard as I did on oilrigs, to make me tough enough to endure this.
 There are two people who I actually wished had this. That's how awful symptoms were.
  Post surgery was about a year in bed, i started drinking more alcohol to ease pain.
(Don't, just adfs to recovery time) my legs would shake violently and stop, only to repeat later, I believe do to nerves trying to re-establish connectivity.
  Through out this whole ordeal body pain horrible,
yet, I never experienced any neck discomfort or pain.
From 100% , to 1/20th of who I was, and now back to 90% again.
In conclusion, getting numb?
Get an MRI and don't delay on surgery, if they recommend it.
 Don't drink excessively.
Here is to you recovery.
it sounds awful. thumb up for your courage, except your drinking, which is bad for your nerve to recovery.
your pain is come from the disease. doctors are trying their best to help you, try to cooperate with the doctors. if you can't trust him , find a better doctor. don't give up yourself.
In 2000 I had c4 c5 c6 replaced with bone from my left hip did fine for 4months then I had a burning sensation in my neck up into the back of my head and where they call a dowager hump on a woman just below the neck burning like holding your hand over an electric stove burner so intense I prayed to die I just existed I had a cervical ablation, shots in my upper head all kind of meds nothing helped specialists after another nothing helped all for 8 months my family Dr. sent me to Dr. Bannas in Ft Wayne,In he said he had  suffered the same symptoms at one time he understood what I was going through he took me off all the meds that I was on that were not helping me and put me on Norflex and my family Dr. put me on a new med that had just came on the market called Cymbalta the two meds together and using ice all the time finally brought complete relief I finally had my life back thank God then in November the 7th it started all over again I have an upcoming appointment in March to see Dr. Bannas I pray he can help me again has anyone ever had these same symptoms I would like to hear your story I also had a lot of prayers going up for me also.
Cervical spinal stenosis can be divided into developmental cervical spinal stenosis and degenerative cervical spinal stenosis. When the anterior and posterior diameter of cervical spine is less than 13 mm measured on cervical spine slice, it is defined as relative cervical spinal stenosis, and when this value is less than 10 mm, it is absolute cervical spinal stenosis. Cervical spinal canal stenosis can lead to compression of the cervical spinal cord, and the corresponding clinical symptoms, such as limb numbness, walking instability, floating walking, hands are not flexible, easy to drop things, even abnormal urine and urine. Most cases of cervical spinal stenosis require surgical treatment. Cervical spinal stenosis can be operated by anterior and posterior approaches according to the different segments of the stenosis.
Firstly, the sequelae of anterior surgery are introduced. Titanium plate screw fixation and bone graft fusion are needed in anterior surgery. Postoperative screw loosening, plate fracture, screw withdrawal may occur. Bone graft incompatibility may also occur. If this happens, another operation is needed. Another case is esophageal fistula, which is a serious complication of anterior cervical surgery. Esophageal leaks can cause wound infections.  Anterior cervical approach may also have some vascular and nerve injuries during the operation. If the superior laryngeal nerve or recurrent laryngeal nerve is injured, it may cause hoarseness and cough after operation. Most of this situation can be restored after three months, but some of it can not be restored. In addition, if there are more fixed segments and more fusion segments, there may be limitations of cervical spine movement after surgery, mainly for flexion, extension and rotation.

Next is the common sequelae of cervical posterior surgery. For example, the wound infection of the posterior cervical surgery, the wound does not heal. Recurrence of spinal stenosis occurred again after operation. Postoperative cervical movement was limited. The
I have had neck surgery for c2 to 7-1. Can't get any doctor to explain. The chronic pain , numbness, tingling in hands and feet are horrible. Nobody explains. Spinal stenosis. Please help.
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I have cervical vertigo and are not sure what the cause is. symptoms are light headed nausea and a kind of brain fog. Life is pure hell with no hope in sight. Symptoms are made worst by turning and moving head up or down. does anyone else have these symptoms or better yet can anyone help.
There are a number of potential causes of cervical vertigo, though this condition is still being researched. Blockage of arteries in the neck from hardening (atherosclerosis) or tearing of these arteries (dissection) are causes. The dizziness is caused in these cases by a disruption of blood flow to the inner ear or to a lower brain region called the brain stem. Arthritis, surgery, and trauma to the neck can also block blood flow to these important regions, resulting in this type of vertigo.

Cervical spondylosis (advanced neck osteoarthritis) may be another potential cause of neck-related dizziness. This condition causes your vertebrae and neck disks to wear and tear over time. This is called degeneration, and it can put pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves and block blood flow to the brain and inner ear. A slipped disk alone (herniated) can do the same thing without any spondylosis.

The muscles and joints in your neck have receptors that send signals about head movement and orientation to the brain and vestibular apparatus — or parts of the inner ear responsible for balance. This system also works with a larger network in the body to maintain balance and muscle coordination. When this system works improperly, receptors can’t communicate to the brain and cause dizziness and other sensory dysfunctions.

You can perform MRI of your neck and MRA of the artery system for further diagnosis.

Treating cervical vertigo depends on treating the underlying cause. If you’re experiencing neck pain or have a degenerative neck disease, follow your medical treatment plan to decrease vertigo symptoms.

Doctors may also prescribe medication to reduce neck tightness, dizziness, and pain symptoms. Common medications prescribed include:

muscle relaxants such as tizanidine and cyclobenzaprine
analgesics, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or tramadol
anti-dizziness drugs, such as Antivert or scopolamine
Doctors also recommend physical therapy to improve your neck’s range of motion and your balance. Stretching techniques, therapy, and training on proper posture and use of your neck help to improve this condition. In some cases, where there is no risk to the patient, chiropractic manipulation of your neck and spine and heat compresses may decrease symptoms.