Does anyone know if my problems are common to Disc Stenosis?
I have surgery scheduled for a few weeks time at Kings College Hospital, to hopefully alleviate these symptoms, but the surgeon said he isn't too optimistic of good, longterm results.
I have had a disc weakness for over 20 years, and a numb little finger in my right hand, but a few months ago found that along with pain in my upper spine, I had tingling and itching all down my right arm and loss of strength in my thumb and forefinger.
Since the start, the muscle in my hand has substantially wasted and I find it difficult to grip anything. I get 'electric shock' type pain down the arm and into the hand, and constant neck pain.
I had Carpal Tunnel tests to no avail, then an MRI on my spine. This revealed 'Multiple level exit foramina stenosis'.
The surgeon has offered 'bilateral cervical foraminotomies' focussing on the right side.
He told me that the nerve damage relating to my fingers will probably never repair.
Sometimes it feels as though insects are crawling along my upper back and down my arm.
I suffer with Psoriasis, and wonder if the spinal problems are Psoriatic Arthritis.
Does anyone have or had similar problems and if so what is the long term prognosis? I feel disabled as I am right-handed