Narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck:

Cervical spinal stenosis ( )

Cervical spinal stenosis is a narrowing of spaces in the cervical spine that results in pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. People with the problem should visit a doctor either for medications to relieve the symptoms or surgery to improve the condition.

Full Description

Cervical spinal stenosis is a condition that occurs when the spinal canal, which contains the nerve roots and spinal cord, becomes too tight and therefore the spinal cord or nerve root is compressed. This compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots leads to pain, prickling, weakness or numbness.

Symptoms

Shortness of breath, Burning in the throat, Cold feet, Chest pain, Cold hands, Brittleness of nails, Mouth ulcers, Tongue burning, Agitation, Feeling faint, Reduced appetite, Missed period, Menstruation disorder, Joylessness, Impairment of male potency, Tiredness, Moist and softened skin, Dry skin, Mood swings, Difficulty to concentrate, Weight gain, Sensitivity to cold, Hair loss, Less than 3 defecations per week, Hoarseness, Pallor, Muscle pain, Brittleness of nails, Numbness in the arm, Tiredness, Pallor, Disorientation regarding time or place, Tongue burning, Pain in the bones, Tiredness, Bone fracture, Pain in the limbs, Curvature of the spine, Tears, Eyelids sticking together, Face pain, Eye blinking, Abdominal pain, Flatulence, Diarrhea, Nausea, Foul smelling defecation, Bloated feeling in the stomach, Distended abdomen, Paralysis, Muscular weakness in the arm, Muscular weakness in the leg, Skin nodules, Itching of skin, Hair loss, Changes in the nails, Skin redness, Blue colored skin, Abdominal pain, Diarrhea, Fever, Pain in the limbs, Headache, Neck stiffness, Nausea, Shortness of breath, Fever, Lockjaw, Cramps, Muscle stiffness, Sweating, Vision impairment for near objects, Vision impairment, Abdominal pain, Diarrhea, Increased thirst, Pain of the anus, Back pain, Lower-back pain, Limited mobility of the back, Shortness of breath, Bloody cough, Cough, Chest pain, Shortness of breath, Chest pain, Chest tightness, Cough, Back pain, Breathing-related pains, Palpitations, Bold area among hair on the head, Joint pain, Oversensitivity to light, Shortness of breath, Skin rash, Skin redness, Tiredness, Weight loss, Swollen glands in the armpit, Swollen glands in the groin, Fever, Swollen glands in the neck, Sadness, Mood swings, Mouth ulcers, Joylessness, Itching of skin, Hair loss, Scar, Skin redness, Pain in the limbs, Joint pain, Skin rash, Headache, Tiredness, Paralysis, Fever, Neck stiffness, Blue colored skin, Diarrhea, Fever, Weight loss, Skin rash, Swollen glands in the neck, Swollen glands in the armpit, Swollen glands in the groin, Tiredness, Sweating, Night sweats, Leg swelling, Arm swelling, Limited mobility of the leg, Hand pain, Vision impairment, Vision impairment for near objects, Pain in the bones, Back pain, Fever, Weight loss, Sweating, Arm swelling, Joint pain, Bone fracture, Leg swelling, Dark urine, Urge to urinate, Frequent urination, Urination during the night, Dribbling after urination, Painful urination, Decreased urine stream, Delayed start to urination, Impairment of male potency, Pain in the bones, Abdominal pain, Blue spot on skin, Pallor, Dark urine, Fever, Chills, Cough, Abdominal pain, Sweating, Blackening of vision, Disorientation regarding time or place, Yellow colored skin, Shortness of breath, Burning eyes, Burning in the throat, Cough, Eye redness, Fever, Itching eyes, Pain in the limbs, Runny nose, Skin rash, Sore throat, Swollen glands in the armpit, Swollen glands in the groin, Swollen glands in the neck, Tiredness, Oversensitivity to light, Facial swelling, Flaking skin, Pallor, Yellow colored skin, Yellowish discoloration of the white part of the eye, Visual field loss, Facial paralysis, Impaired balance, Headache, Paralysis, Tiredness, Eye pain, Mood swings, Aggressiveness, Vision impairment, Increased drive, Sleeplessness, Difficulty to concentrate, Mood swings, Agitation, Aggressiveness, Feeling of pressure in the ear, Fever, Impaired hearing, Facial paralysis, Face pain, Headache, Swollen glands in the neck, Earache, Reduced appetite, Cough, Runny nose, Tiredness, Pain in the limbs, Shortness of breath, Chest pain, Chest tightness, Cough, Night cough, Feeling faint, Heart murmur, Palpitations, Blue colored skin, Irregular mole, Scar, Skin nodules, Skin thickening, Nausea, Vomiting, Dizziness, Muscle pain, Pain in the calves, Tremor on movement, Limited mobility of the leg, Physical inactivity, Joint instability, Muscle weakness, Muscular weakness in the arm, Muscular weakness in the leg, Difficulty in swallowing, Drooping eyelid, Muscular weakness in the arm, Muscular weakness in the leg, Changes in the nails, Swelling in the genital area, Swelling of the testicles, Dribbling after urination, Painful urination, Pain radiating to the leg, Muscular atrophy in the leg, Muscular weakness in the leg, Back pain, Stress-related leg pain, Lower-back pain, Limited mobility of the back, Physical inactivity, Shortness of breath, Chest pain, Night cough, Blackening of vision, Dizziness, Palpitations, Pallor, Tiredness, Absence of a pulse, Heart murmur, Irregular heartbeat, Pain radiating to the arm, Neck pain, Numbness in the arm, Tingling, Muscular weakness in the arm, Muscular atrophy of the arm, Limited mobility of the fingers, Limited mobility of the back

Medical Conditions

Causes of cervical spinal stenosis include the following reasons: 1) Aging: As people get older, the aging process can cause a bulging of the discs, or a thickening of ligaments (ligamentum flavum). Aging can also lead to destruction of cartilage that cover bones and to excessive growth of the bones in joints. These conditions can narrow the spinal canal and cause spinal stenosis. 2) Inherited conditions: some people are born with a narrowed spinal canal. People with cervical spinal stenosis may have symptoms as pain, numbness and stiffness or weakness in the neck, shoulder, arms, hands or legs. Typically there is only one body side affected. Sometimes balance and coordination problems such as shuffling or tripping while walking, furthermore, if the cervical spinal cord is compressed, cervical spinal stenosis can make people paralyzed or incontinent.

Treatment

Treatment of cervical spinal stenosis can include conservative treatments like medications and exercises or modification of habits to move. Medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to relieve pain, exercise can help to strengthen the bones and muscles. Small spinal disc herniations can be treated without surgery, they often reform themselves. In many cases, a surgery to decompress the cervical stenosis affected area, and thereby reducing symptoms and the risk of permanent nerve damage, will be necessary.