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Does anyone have Cervical Foraminal Stenosis and Cervical Spinal Stenosis?

Graham53Graham53 Posts: 5Member Listener
edited February 6 in Disabled people
Hello everyone, I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis recently after 2 years of appointments and tests/scans etc. My main problems are Cervical Foraminal Stenosis and Cervical Spinal Stenosis.
I was wondering if any others have these and if so, does anyone suffer from dizzy feelings and stumbling, instability? I get these symptoms daily and am finding it more and more difficult to get about safely. Thanks for reading, please feel free to message me back.


  • Antonia_ScopeAntonia_Scope Posts: 1,783Member Pioneering
    Hi @Graham53 ;

    How are doing today?

    I am sorry to hear about the symptoms you have been experiencing. Have you been in touch with your GP or a Specialist about this? 
  • Pippa_ScopePippa_Scope Posts: 5,856Member Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Graham53, I hope you're doing as well as possible today.

    Other members are welcome to share their experiences, however this definitely sounds like something you should be discussing with a medical professional, first and foremost. Perhaps you could arrange an appointment with your GP?

    If your health deteriorates in the meantime, please call NHS Direct on 111 and make sure they know. It's important to look after yourself!
  • atlas46atlas46 Posts: 763Community champion Pioneering

    I agree with @Pippa_Scope, you need an appointment with your GP ASAP.

    Your GP will conduct a series of balance tests with you.

    More likely than not, you should be referred to an ENT Surgeon for more tests, at this consultation I suggest you seek a hearing test.

    You might have an MRI scan, to check your inner ear, this is perfectly normal.

    Loss of balance can have a number of causes, but should only be assessed by qualified medical professionals

    Let us know how you get on.
  • Graham53Graham53 Posts: 5Member Listener
    Hello all, Antonia, Pippa and Atlas46,
    Thank you for your welcome messages.
    I do need to inform you all that my diagnosis is the result of many GP and Consultants' appointments with many tests, scans, and Physio along the way.
    I actually did start with an ENT consultation which I paid for due to unacceptable waiting via the NHS so I do know that my hearing is fine as are my balance organs and vision. They also suspected TIAs or Mini Strokes and a brain/ head scan ruled out any major stroke or tumour involvement but did put me on Statins, Aspirin and blood thinning Dipyridamole.
    The stenosis seems to be the only cause left for my dizziness, instability and stumbling and I have seen it mentioned on a USA stenosis symptoms list but not met anyone else yet that has them in the UK. I do have pressure on my spinal cord at several levels as shown on my CT scan of the whole spine. So I am just trying to manage my symptoms with pain relief, Neuro-physio exercises, rest and full time working when possible although I fear that will have to lessen as I go along my journey into disability. My Neurosurgeon has ruled out surgery at this stage. I was hoping for suggestions for help with mobility and whether this condition is recognised  for receiving such help or benefits or if I was to have to retire from my work activities due to ill health?

  • Pippa_ScopePippa_Scope Posts: 5,856Member Disability Gamechanger
    Oh I'm sorry to hear this @Graham53, it sounds as though you've been through an awful lot lately. I hope we can help. 

    As a starting point, I'd definitely recommend looking into a needs assessment to see whether there's any support your local authority could offer e.g. help around the house. As for work, I wonder if you've considered speaking with your employer about reasonable adjustments?

    In terms of finances, our What Benefits Am I Entitled To discussions may also be helpful.

    Have a read, and please do come back to us with any questions. We have lots of knowledgeable members and we'll do our best to advise! 
  • Graham53Graham53 Posts: 5Member Listener
    Hello Pippa, thanks for these suggestions.
    Just must mention I am self employed and although I am now 65 I cannot afford to retire just yet for financial reasons.
  • ChrisWTChrisWT Posts: 2Member Listener
    I have cervical spondylosis, and a severe left exit foraminal stenosis at c5-c6.
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