Coping with spinal stenosis and need ideas

Coping with spinal stenosis and need ideas

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Anonymous (not verified)
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Coping with spinal stenosis and need ideas

First of all, I’m a newbie so bear with me until I learn the ropes.
I am dealing with spinal stenosis that manifests itself as a sharp continual pain in my lower left abdomen. After many tests including X-rays, CTscan, MRI and even a colonoscopy no source of the pain was evident. Either the CTscan or MRI revealed severe stenosis. I have had many pain medications prescribed with no reduction of pain and some spinal decompression treatments, also with no relief. My pain first started about six years ago for no apparent reason. At first it was an occasional occurrence and the pain although tolerable was quite evident. Probably about a month after experiencing the pain, my primary physician ordered the above tests. With nothing evident except spinal stenosis, that has become the popular diagnosis by 2 primary care physicians, a rheumatologist and a chiropractor. As 6 years have passed, the abdominal pain has become more severe and exists virtually all the time. None of my physicians have ever mentioned nerve block or epidural injection procedures. I will not consider surgery because of my age (71).

Anyone out there ever had similar stenosis problems that were successfully treated with nerve-block or epidural injection therapy?

Anyone out there have suggestions of treatments that I should discuss with my primary physician at my next appointment?

Thanks for listening.

Angela FL (not verified)
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I think the treatment

I think the treatment depends on what is actually causing the spinal stenosis. Injections and such do not usually widen the space, therefor, the pain does not go away. If it is caused from a herniated disc, maybe a microdicectomy would help. The recovery is fairly easy and short.

VLK1982 (not verified)
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I'm using Vax-D as a

I'm using Vax-D as a treatment right now, and I think the technician told me it treats spinal stenosis as well. Maybe check that out? It's painless, non-surgical, non-chiro... all around a good option. I'm in chicago and had no problem finding a clinic that offered it. Best of luck to you!

elizab (not verified)
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microdiscectomy recovery

Angela FLIf it is caused from a herniated disc, maybe a microdicectomy would help. The recovery is fairly easy and short.[/quote wrote:

Compared to other spinal surgeries, microdiscectomy recovery could be considered to be relatively 'easy', and 'short' but still requires significant rehabilitation. The recovery process lasts between 6 months to one year and requires a huge amount of input in terms of exercise, stretches, strengthening, the right sort of activities to support your back and core.

As someone who's undergoing that recovery process at the moment there are days when I definitely would not describe it as easy (eg when I am in a meeting and can't continue to keep sitting because of the pain shooting down my back leg. Days when I can hardly get off the bed. Days when I have to lie down on the ground in my office...)

Having said that though, I do think the surgery was worth it. Unless I do too much the sciatic pain is gone. Wonderful.

elizab (not verified)
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microdiscectomy recovery

sorry double post.

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VLK1982 wrote:
I'm using Vax-D as a treatment right now, and I think the technician told me it treats spinal stenosis as well. Maybe check that out? It's painless, non-surgical, non-chiro... all around a good option. I'm in chicago and had no problem finding a clinic that offered it. Best of luck to you!

Back or neck?

PeacefulXsis10nce (not verified)
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X-stop

I have been recently diagnosed with LSS.
For a year prior to the diagnosis I had epidural injections in both lower disks L4/5 L5/S1. I have also had injections in the Sacroiliac joints. I felt relief for these from anywhere from a month-4 months at a time before these other symtoms of numbness and weakness in my legs. I have not had any more injections since the new symptoms presented....because my PM doctor recommended me for a surgical consult.

Now the NS is suggesting the X-Stop which is titanium spacers put in between the bony parts of your vertebrae. They actually have a website if you search X-Stop spacers.
They are approved for people over 50 but not under...so I'm waiting to see if my insurance will approve it because I am only 36.

sharon.m (not verified)
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LSS epidural injections

Hi there
I am also new to this site but really felt the need to let you know about my personal experiences. I was diagnosed with LSS in March 2009 at 49 years of age. I was devasted due to the fact I have always been so active and over the last 2 years basiscally unable to do anything. I feel i may have damaged my spine two years ago when I was building a stone wall and fell backwards on to a piece of stone.
In October 2008 i went to see a chiropractor, after only 2 treatments she decided not to treat me until I had been seen by my doctor. I was in such awful pain!
My doctor referrer me to the local hospital for an x-ray in Dec 2008. I will say this shown very little but due to the fact I was in so much pain he then referred me for a MRI scan. At this point it showed I had LSS.
The pain has been unbearable from the hips down in both legs, felt like someone was trying to rip my legs apart, unable to get out of bed in the morning, sit on the sofa,drive my car. Not slept for months and unable to walk in an up right position. The worst side effect was after standing, walking for such a short time total paralysis in both legs from the knees down with pins and neddles in my feet! This would happen after just 3 minutes in a supermarket. I would have to find a shelf, step, box anything to sit on.
Anyway on a much brighter note I went to my local hospital last Friday (10th July)to the day clinic for an epidural of steriods. I will say the procedure was far from "pain free" (if fact a very weird feeling)but I am sure the procdure has been successful. I have read that this procedure is only 30-40% successful and I may just be one of the lucky ones, if you get the chance to have one then go ahead!
I was also extremely shocked to have had my epidural whilst "sitting up" maybe this is why it has worked? I had a C Section 18 years ago and had to curl in a ball on my side to have my spinal block!
I have got back pain at the minute (which I did not have before) but they did tell me at the hospital it would be sore for a while. It is not sore now where I had the epidural it is painful on my sides and centre of my back.
I will say I have recieved brilliant treament not only from my doctor but also my surgeon, anesthetist and all the hospital staff too!
I am trying to stay very positive and hope it works for me for a least 3-4 months where I may be offered another one!
Hug