I'll start by saying that I do not have Spinal Stenosis. However, my husband does and I'm looking for help. When he was 14 he was hit by a car and substained a serious back injury. Since then he has been on nearly every pain medication there is. Last year he got an MRI done on his back and his doctor diagnosed him with spinal stenosis and told him his only treatment would be sugery. He is only 29 years old. We are at the point where he is taking so much pain medication it is influencing our financial situation and his work situation. However, he refuses to seek non-surgeical therapy as he is convinced there is nothing he can do other than sugery, which makes him very upset. He is so young it seems to have this problem and no one seems to understand that he is in constant pain all the time, every day. We have a one year old son and he wonders how he is going to be able to play with him and teach him sports and all those father/son type things.
What I am asking is, are there alternative treatments to surgery or should be seeking a specialist as we don't have very much confidence in his aging, old-school doctor? I don't know what I can tell him to help him anymore.