I am a 30 to 35 year old male who has been diagnosed with Cervical
Spinal Stenosis at the C1-C2 level. My C1 has fused to the occiputal
bone (base of my skull). I also have lateral recess stenosis at the
C2-C3 level. I have cord indentation at the C1-C2 level and possible
nerve impingement on the foraminal openings around C2-C3.
I have been told by both a well-respected chiropractor and othropedic
surgeon that it appears as if I had a severe head injury and possibly
broke or fractured some bones in my neck when I was a kid. They both
stated that I needed to see a neurosurgeon. I am now about to see the
neurosurgeon and have been waiting for two months for the appointment.
I suffer from severe pain in my neck and upper back and expericence
numbing and hot/cold sensations regularly. I also get occasional
headaches that were previously diagnosed as migraines.
I have tried Naproxen (makes me have severe stomach cramps), Vioxx- 25
and 50mg(makes my feet cold and numb), and Vicodin (5mg/500mg.) None
of these help with the pain.
Does anyone have any advice as to what I should discuss with the
What medications will help?
Any input is greatly appreciated.
If i were you I think I'd look for a "Pain Clinic" that has a
Rhumatologist guiding it. They tend to look at pain as being somthing
you shouldn't suffer with when it can be relieved.
You don't say where you are, but if you're in Illinois, there's a good
clinic in Schaumburg, Il right by O'Hare airport. Dr. Cary Dachmann.