5 years ago I had MRI etc that determined spinal stenosis of c4,5,6. I could not use my right arm, pain radiated from spine , down shoulder and into back of upper arm. No problem until now and it is back. I hesitate to see MD as last time it was PT, specialists, surgery suggested and finally it got better on it's own. PT made it much worse and by the time I got an appointment with a specialist 10 weeks had passed and it was better. Hoping for a short cut this time and wondering if steriod pills would reduce that swelling, the nerve must again be trapped in an extremely narrowed place. I am using hot tub massage, and alternating cold packs and heat. I get some pain relief when the arm is propped or in bed, but any dangling and walking pain shoots to an 8. I should add I avoid MD's as any time I have sought help things got worse, in any forms of problems. Thanks.