I was told by my doctor most MRIs show spondylosis with foraminal narrowing. I have it in the cervical and lumbar regions. It is like most MRI's of the brain show stuff in your sinuses. I think it is just how we age. My doctor sends me to physical therapy for all the discs and shoulder. Having strong muscles is the key to the wear and tear.
I have it too in my cervical neck area...and the Dr said the MRI is fine??
so, stick around...
Hi Trace. Have you had a sleep study to document your very light sleep? That could prove a lot. Do you ever take sleep meds such as Lunesta or Ambien? And if so, are your symptoms better with decent sleep?
I hope you're at the end of this process, but maybe not.
Best of luck,
I know spondylosis is usually related to age - but I'm 37! I've had symptoms since I was 25, starting with neck pain and arm numbness. Geez, I HOPE I'm at the end of this. Discouraging to think I might not be.
I have had to wonder why I might have been developing arthritis at 25, though - but then again, I used to do a lot of hard, physical work, and I was a runner in college. The other thing I've wondered about, though, is Lyme. It might explain early arthritis, and it would explain cognitive issues.
My doctor mentioned a possible sleep study. I've tried muscle relaxers before, but they've done nothing to help. Actual sleep meds have scared me, so I've stayed away until now. I may need to rethink that, though, obviously.
I do hope that this answers your questions and you find treatment for your symptoms. Ess's comment about a sleep study is a very good suggestion.
However, just because you have an answer that isn't MS doesn't mean you can't pop back in here to say hello every once in a while and let us know how things are going.
I do wish you well and hope that you finally get treatment so that you can get on with your life.
Wishing you the best,