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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in New Member Introductions
I just found this site yesterday after weeks of searching for information about my leg pain caused by arthritis in my back.

I have had lower back pain for 25 years or so. Mainly the result of trying to hold my own as a woman in a traditionally male job. I did a lot of lifting and pushing.

Two years ago I had my first back X-ray but at the time I told the doctor I was far more concerned about my wrists which were keeping me from doing what I like. Piroxicam helps that but my back is still hurting. For the last 6 months or so I have had leg pain when walking or standing.

I got an MRI last week and have an appointment with a pain clinic next week. My family doctor has mentioned the following, bulging discs, stenosis, facet joints, and of course arthritis.

I don't feel too bad off after reading through the posts here. But I have always been a very active person doing lots of exercise and now I just feel like lying around watching tv. I do go to a water aerobics class 5 days a week.

Susan aka Oma
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  • susan- welcome to forum. Good luck with the new PM dr next week. Hopefully he'll give you some conservative options to help the back and leg pain...jade
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. we share some of the same problems. i enjoy swimming as well. there is nothing betting for us than to get into the pool! exercise and stretching is still a must when dealing with arthritis. of course your doctor always knows best. good luck with your new pain program. Jenny :)
  • What you are doing is great. Excersize can sometimes help your symptoms 85% of the time. Keep up the water aerobics, because this helps you stretch without the stress of natural gravity on your body.
  • Glad to have you here. Am sure you are on the right road. PM doc might suggest NS or OS. Don't be scared by the "surgeon" part. Doesn't necessarily mean surgery just a specialist in the field. Hope the pain clinic offers you some relief. Again, welcome to SH>
  • I also suffer back and leg pain due to arthritis of the facet joints. You are among friends that understand what you are going through. Good luck and please keep us posted.
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