Hello to everyone. Glad I found this place. Maybe someone can help me learn to cope with all the problems I am experiencing. I am 50 and on disability now.
First off, my pain started 7 years ago. It has taken 21 doctors to tell me "It's all in your head" "Live with it", Try PT, try exercise, try chiropractic, try acupuncture, try changing your diet, try losing weight, try this and try that,and I did, but until 2006 I never had anyone tell me what was really wrong with me.
I have fybromialgia, spinal stenosis, a circumferential disc bulge and a 8x5x20mm perineural cyst.
I had a laminectomy on L3,L4 and L5, in April of last year, which relieved a lot of my pain...for a while. At that time my cyst was only 3mm. With my recent MRI I find I am more worried about this cyst than my pain doctor.
Here are the findings from my MRI:
Large perineural cyst which appears to arise from L3 nerve on the left causing mild mass effect on the thecal sac displacing it towards the right of the spinal canal. (Doc says it starts on one side, goes thru the spinal canal and out the other side)Has anyone had these removed?
Severe central canal stenosis at the L4-L5 level secondary to circumferential disc bulde and facet hypertrophic change. there is also severe neural foraminal narrowing bilaterally at this level. (ok, first part is from laminectomy, second part is greek to me)
So my question is really twofold.
One. Can a cyst that size cause more pain than I am used to and Two, is Central Canal Stenosis just another way of saying spinal stenosis?
I have been living with this pain for many years and I must say, I do pretty good. It's just that lately I feel my legs aren't working the way they should and I find I am dragging my feet. I cannot walk much without severe pain now and I fear a wheelchair is in my future.
How have you coped with your problems and am I crazy for fearing that one day I may not be able to walk? Is that normal? Have I gone over the edge?
Oh, yes, I am on meds for depression too.
Thank you in advance for all of your help.