Can I die from cervical spine stenosis if I ignore it?

No. Not death but may get disabled.
Yes. In all truth, cervical spine stenosis can cause significant weakness and even paralysis if left alone and injury ensues. This could cause enough difficulty to result in other problems with your health that could contribute to death. While that is the most extreme of possibilities, it is possible. My best recommendation is that you treat this like an impending heart problem. Act early.

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What sort of disease is cervical spine stenosis?

Narrowing. Stenosis is a condition where the tube inside the spine, the canal, is narrowed and potentially pinching on the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves. It can cause pain, weakness or numbness. It can be a problem from birth (congenital) or due to aging, injury or disease. Read more...
Degenerative common. Everybody settles in their spine as they get older we all are born with a different amount of extra room around our nerves with time amd settlimg ths spacing between boes decrease and discs bulge ligaments thicken crowd merves and cause reffered symptoms of pain stenosis, means narowing of canals meant for nerves cervical refers to neck some peopleareborn withtighht canals congital stenosis. Read more...
Cervical Stenosis. Normal aging of the spine with loss of spinal disc height and thickening of the ligaments that line the spinal canal contribute to the development of spinal stenosis. This gradual narrowing of the spinal canal can result in painless numbness and weakness in the hands and stiffness/spasticity of the lower extremities. Read more...

What are the symptoms for cervical spine stenosis?

Nerve pain. Stenosis refers to crowding and/or impingement of the nerves or spinal cord - therefore the most common symptoms would be nerve type symptoms in the arms, such as numbness, tingling, weakness, pain. Having said that, it's very uncommon for an 18 year old to have cervical stenosis. Read more...

How serious is cervical spine stenosis and how is it treated?

Not serious. If it causes arm pain amd merve pinching treated with injections or traction or surgery to enlarge holesformer e roots or increase vertebral spacing centeal camsl stenosis is more serious nut treatable with laminectomies. Read more...
Varies from not at . This varies from not at all to very serious. Treatment ranges from none to use of medication, exercise and sometimes epidural steroid injections to surgery. The only serious condition is when the stenosis leads to compression of the spinal cord leading to a condition known as a myleopathy. Read more...

Do lots of people get cervical spine stenosis, or is it unusual?

Cervical stenosis is. Cervical stenosis is more common as we age. Although younger individuals can be afflicted it is most common for people over the age of 50. Depending on how much narrowing exists, will influence the severity and type of symptoms. Read more...
Both . There is a genetic component to cervical stenosis but most often it is the result of repetitive injury and arthritic/degenerative changes as we get older. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: cervical spine stenosis?

Cervical stenosis. This is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the cervical spine (your neck). This can have serious nervous sytems effects at or below the area that is narrowed. Read more...
When the actual . Size of the spinal canal is too small to accommodate the spinal cord in the cervical spine. This can be related to the diameter or cross sectional area of the spinal canal and it can also involve the neuroforamen or only involve these structures which are the regions of the spine where the nerves exit. Read more...

My sister was diagnosed with cervical spine stenosis. What does this mean?

Narrowing. Cervical spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck. This is usually caused by age-related changes in the shape of the spinal canal and so is most common in people older than age 50. I some cases the spinal canal narrows and can squeeze and compress the nerve roots where they leave the spinal cord , or it may irritate or injure the spinal cord itself. Read more...
Yes. Cervical spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck usually caused by overgrowth of bone (arthritis). Read more...
Narrowing. Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the canal where the spinal cord and nerves travel from the brain down through the spine. Cervical means neck. Most commonly, this is caused by age-related degeneration of the spine, including disc bulging, bone spurring and thickening of a ligament in the spine. It can cause pressure on the nerves, causing pain, numbness and weakness. Read more...

Is there an aftermath of cervical spine stenosis?

Yes. Aftermath from surgery is that adjacent levels in the neck can degenerate at an accelerated rate due to added stress. Aftermath without surgery is that progressive weakness and neurological decline can ensue causing permanent problems. If it's present and significant, see a neurosurgeon to have it repaired as soon as possible before an accident happens with permanent problems. Read more...
Yes. If it is left untreated you can be left with permanent injury to the nerves and or spinal cord. Once treated you are at risk for development of adjacent level degeneration either above and/or below the level of any fusion. Read more...

Do people with cervical spine stenosis have a lot of pain?

Maybe. Cervical stenosis (narrowing around the nerves or spinal cord) is common and may or may not cause pain. If a nerve is being pinched from the stenosis there may be pain or tingling in neck, shoulder, arm or hand. Sometimes people have weakness or numbness but no pain. As always, see a doctor if concerned. Read more...
Usually not. Cervical stenosis can cause pressure on the spinal cord which can cause weakness in the arms and or legs. People often complain of fine hand movements like buttoning and dropping cups/glasses. Read more...

My fiance has cervical spine stenosis and now I wonder what I am getting into. Will this affect his ability to work?

It depends. To what degree that spinal stenosis effecting his cervical spine , what the cause of the cervical spine stenosis. Could be mild or sever if mild and his work office job, i think he will fine to work, but if is not and works in labor that a problem. Good luck .Thank you. Read more...
Thats a loaded quest. It depends on so many issues. People with spinal stenosis usually lead a productive life and can continue working. But... How bad is the stenosis? What kind of symptoms does he have? What type of work is he doing? What does his imaging show? All of these questions will be important in determine his work capacity. This should not be a deal breaker for you unless you are looking for one. Read more...