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My MRI report says severe foraminal stenosis at C5-C6 with a large broad bulge-osteophyte in the foramen and laterally, mild right foraminal stenosis C4-C5, small central protrusions at C6-C7 and T1-T2 without central stenosis. I have severe pain in my right arm, elbow, and hand, along with right side neck pain. I have been losing my balance, feeling dizzy, and (so embarassing) losing bowel and bladder control. Should I have surgery or do I have other non-surgical options? Neurotin, steroids, and vicodin do nothing to ease the constant pain. I have taken 2 weeks off from work hoping that the pain would ease off. I have been an upholstery/leather sewer for 32 years. The time off has not helped at all. The pain is worsening everday. I will be honest, I have researche some of the different websites and forums and have read that the loss of my bladder and bowel control is the last symptom before paralysis. Is this true? Should I have the surgery and will it prevent the incontinence and (if true), possible paralysis? I am so scared of any type of surgery involving my spine.
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