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Posted in: Chronic pain, Neck pain, and Scoliosis.

Neck/ back issues

Started by Jessiek on 05/18/2017 11:05pm

I am 33 and was told over a year ago I had a bad case of sway back.. slight scoliosis.. I have always suffered from migraines. Lately I developed numbness in my hands and feet. And my neck hurts a lot. I seen an er doctor who said it was pulled muscle. Last week my doctor finally done x ray on my neck.i have reversal lordosis and narrowing in c5&c6.. and will be sending me to a specialists. Can someone tell me is this normal. What should I expect?

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Hi, JessieK--thank you for your post. The narrowing in C5 and C6 is a condition your doctor may have referred to as cervical stenosis. Most types of spinal stenosis occur in the lumbar or cervical spine.

We'd like to share a few articles with you to help you learn more about this condition:

If you're looking for an anatomy lesson, this article will give you all the details of what occurs in your cervical spine during spinal stenosis ( Spinal Stenosis Center ).

This article gives a great high-level overview of spinal stenosis, with some specific information about cervical stenosis: ( Spinal Stenosis: Lumbar and Cervical ).

This article describes the non-surgical treatments commonly used to manage spinal stenosis,
as surgery is rarely required ( Spinal Stenosis: Non-operative Treatment ).

It can be scary to be diagnosed with a spinal condition, but the best thing you can do is see a spine specialist--we are happy to hear that's your plan! He or she will be most familiar with how to effectively treat cervical stenosis. Please keep us posted on what you learn during your visit. We wish you the very best of luck!