I have been reading this site for a few months now. I have been told that I need surgery. But, have been putting it off. Five years ago, I was told that this is something that I would have to live with, that alot of people have stenosis, and that they live with the pain. Well, in Sept. on 2008, when my left leg went numb, the doctor sent me for an MRI. I have a disc bulge with stenosis at L5/S1, severe narrowing of the left intervertebral foramen and mild narrowing of the right foramen. With the horrific left leg pain that is never ending. I done the therapy, I did the injections. Neither helped. Through all this I am still working. Some days I just want to curl in a ball and cry. I have 4 sons, 3 are teenagers, the youngest is 8. I just hope that there is an end to this. I am worried about nerve damage, the emg came out good, but I don't know how much more I can take.
The post that I have read here do help. I just never thought that I would be posting something, but when the depressin sits in, these post are very helpful.
Thank you all for posting these have really helped me