pain in neck back
Spinal stenosis is a medical condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves.
This website will show you a map of the spine and tell you which level, if compressed, affects what part of your body. Such as, C7 affects the triceps.
a couple of good websites are www.spineuneverse.com
You should be examined by a qualified neurologist who will interpret your MRI results. Ordinary physicians aren't qualified to analyze MRI results as well as determine where your pain is coming from.
I was in pain for many years because my physician (who I trusted completely) did not refer me to a neurologist as he should have. Now I have a different doctor (woman) who listens to what I have to say and is not afraid to refer me to specialists.
You need to take control of your health by reading up on medical conditions and see what applies to you. Google the words in your MRI report to find out what they mean. Follow links and check out spinal websites. The more informed you become, the easier it is to understand what's going on with your body. Insist on having doctors persue all health problems. You are your own best advocate.
Insist on getting copies of all medical reports and doctor findings.
Keep track of each doctor visit, test and the results. Also what hurts, where, how long, and what type of pain you are having. Often, when facing a doctor, we don't remember all that has happened and it makes it more difficult for him/her to pinpoint a problem.
The following is an exerpt of my medical history:
08/10/06 Dr. Lee Thibodeau; cervical spondylosis; myelopathy; cervical spinal stenosis
09/12/06 Anterior cervical disketomy and fusion on C4-5 and C5-6; Dr. Lee Thibodeau
01/11/07 Slipped and fell with left leg under me on outdoor stairs; left hip flexor, quad and hamstring sprains
01/17/07 Exam by Dr. Shepherd; hip x-ray at Mercy Hospital; PT eval by Michel Brunet of Back in Motion PT
03/22/07 Tripped on rug fell face first onto 2-step stool at daycare; facial bruising; black eye; cut on forehead
05/23/07 Resumed aquatic exercises 3x per week
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