Till now I have not had a MRI but there are more symptoms. I feel also pain in the shoulders and neck, outer part of the upper and lower arm, tingling sensations on the back, difficult to control walking in the morning.
So without MRI let us conclude a "stenosis" or as you mentioned a pressure on the spinal cord. In both cases it sure will end in surgical intervention. And that is my problem - on my age (78) I suppose a surgical intervention will be very risky and burdensome.
I have seen what in both cases surgical have to be done and I hesitate to start the whole procedure.
I suppose also your answer will be : ??????
My health is not "super" - heart and lungs are of an 78 old – estimate 70% of standard.And the results of surgical are at best stabilization of the situation..
Also after surgical like revalidation etc. will last for months and the chance I will be hospitalized for a long time at an awfull " revalidation house" for more care is great.
The fact: I am in an awful dilemma and speaking with my pc doctor and neurologists gave also no clear answers. I am pessimistic of a realistic solution and have to make a decision by myself. Pffff.
Regards an thanks.