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Cervical stenosis pain

Started by Clrpa on 07/04/2018 7:07pm

Physical therapy for shoulder I believe “woke up” cervical stenosis. Pain is chronic for 4 weeks. But last week it shifted from muscle spasms to spine pain. I was just given a diagnosis 3 days ago so I don’t know all the lingo. However md said from mri results there is lots of arthritis in cervical area and stenosis (narrowing/pinching?) in spinal column and lateral stenosis from 2 areas (I think 2 and 3 and 4 and 5.... not sure). Anyway the pain that I would periodically have for 20 years which would be relieved with massage or chiropractic treatment.). It’s now become chronic 24 hours a day except for a few hours when I wake up and I’m lying flat on my back. When I get up and start walking I’m only good for about 30 to 45 minutes. Then I have to take a on my back break every and lie on my back every 15?min or so. I can only stand with my my chin to my bent to my chest.

Going to pain management md tomorrow but does anyone have suggestions? Have tried some Drugs in the last few days and nothing is helping.

Thx.... I appreciate your feedback.

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By the way I’m 64 and am self employed. By 5 pm I am flat on my back again until the next day. Not running my business for this long is not financially helpful.


I also have cervical stenosis. Had all injections in left neck C4-5-6-7. ALSO had Radio frequency ablation in these 4spots. NO RELIEF. Last week had MRI done on cervical area, found I had nerve impingement on C3-4. narrowing of spinal column in this area. Talked to my md today. We are now going to do a nerve block on C4, Pain right now at about a 9. Will see what results are on this procedure. Have not been on any pain medications so far. My pain management team seems to believe that eventually we will hit on something that will work. I know what you are going through. sometimes you think the pain will never end. I hope your appointment goes well, please let me know if you find out anything.


Hi, Clrpa--we're sorry to read about the pain you've experienced as a result of cervical spinal stenosis. As you were recently diagnosed and have started learning about this condition, we thought you'd be interested in reading this resource all about cervical spinal stenosis: ( Cervical Spinal Stenosis: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment ). This article contains a lot of basic information about this condition, including common treatments.

Another resource we'd like to share is this video featuring a spine surgeon on our Editorial Board that covers the most effective non-surgical treatments for cervical spinal stenosis: ( Non-surgical Treatment for Spinal Stenosis ).

It's important, though, to talk to your doctor if non-surgical treatments aren't working. Spine surgery may be considered if non-surgical treatments aren't easing symptoms or if your symptoms get worse. Also, you should tell your doctor if you develop nerve-related symptoms, like tingling, numbness, or weakness throughout your neck, shoulders, arms, and/or hands.

We hope this information helps, Clrpa--and we hope you find some relief soon!


Sorry to hear of your suffering. I had C3-C7 Anterior Discectomy 10 years ago and battle fluctuating pain every day. I have been taking pain meds 5 years and by far the best pain relief I get is from Soma. It can make you groggy but it relaxes my whole cervical area and greatly reduce my pain. Also, external electrostimulation helps I use it 10-20 times a day. Best of luck to you and let us know if you get a breakthrough,