hello I have been diagnosed with a foraminal cervical stenosis in C4, which is causing tingling in my right arm. The inital treatment has been explained (cortisone, then possible surgery. I am a Professional fighter (MMA). The doctor told me not to fight my next bout in 6 weeks but did not explain what the risk of fighting is. I didnt know if he meant there was a serious risk of injury or if I would be disadvantaged. Can you tell me what the risk is please? also the results say it is caused by oseophyte and severe degeneration of right facet (something like that)
Hi, this is Neuro Doctor, an American Board Certified Neurologist with vast clinical experience, and I am very glad to help you with your question.
Do you have muscle weakness?
I dont think so, just pain comes and goes in the shoulder, and numbing and tingles in the arm through to thumb forefinger and middle finger
And are your symptoms progressive, or stable?
have increased over the past 2 months or so
But does the pain prevent you from professional fight/MMA activities?
no I can still do it
Okay I see
If you have no weakness or if you could continue doing it then there are no strict contraindications
I was wondering if there is a very increased risk of an injury due to this stenosis
means there is no absolute contraindication
if you have herniated disc then it is not safe
but you have no disc agree?
not sure what herniated disc means, I dont have in fornt of me but it said ferominal stenosis from oseophyte
okay, if they did not mention it then you do not have the disc problem
with osteophyte and foraminal stenosis there is no absolute contraindication for your activities
as long as yoou have no weakness or severe pain preventing such activities
ok so I wont damage my cervical spine any more than without it
these activities are not expected to damage further
You are welcome!
Do you have further questions?
no thank you very much
You are very welcome, all the best!
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Once again I reassure you the activities you mentioned are not contraindicated in you.
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great to hear