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Hi I'm 64 years old and I've had tingling/numbness/odd feelings in my right leg and right hand little and ring finger for the last 3 years, recently spreading to the little finger of my left hand and further up and down my right leg. I went to a chiropractor about 15 months ago but when they told me I would need at least 6 months treatment and the cost (I'm retired) I decided to ask the GP to refer me for physiotherapy. Instead however, she sent me to an orthopedic consultant, as a result of which I have today been diagnosed with cervical stenosis / compression of nerves at the C4/C5 vertebrae. The consultant says I can live with it but it will gradually get worse, possibly suddenly a lot worse cumulating in paralysis. He is advising an operation. My initial reaction was no surgery, I can live with it as it is, and I'm in more discomfort than pain. However the thought of it worsening does concern me, as does the possibility that the condition itself might lead to vascular dementia at a later stage (only just discovered that possibility reading on here!). Has anyone on here had experience of this type of surgery, was it successful, can anyone give me any advice?
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