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Scared about MRI results

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in New Member Introductions

I am a very new member here. I have read several posts, and I would really like to get some opinions on my recent Dr's visit. From every post I read it seems that someone might have some advice, questions I should ask my Dr., or will let me know if this is not as serious as I am thinking.

To begin I am a 35 year old single mother of 3 boys, and I grew up on a farm. I have put my body through ALOT of hard labor.

I have been having pain in my left hip down to my knee and my toes are numb. I had an MRI, and since then my fingers on my left hand have started to go numb. I am being referred to a neurosurgeon. My Dr. said that I have quote..."Mild degenerative disk disease at L5-S1 and Moderate degenerative disk disease at T11-12 with significant mass effect on the ventral cord causing new moderate spinal canal stenosis." In english my Dr. said that instead of swelling outward, it is swelling inward. He gave me pain pills, and didn't tell me to take it easy, or give me any instructions on exercise. Of course, I was to shocked to remember to ask any of these questions. I have not gotten the appointment for the surgeon as of yet. Should I be completely worried or is this not as big of a deal as I am making it?

Maybe someone will have some insight on what I should and should not do.




  • it's not terrible but it needs attention and care. i wouldn't lift anything heavier than a half gal;of milk. the more you lift the more the disks will push into the nerves of your spine.
    i think walking is ok if you can tolerate it. try to make yourself comfortable. avoid sitting too much as that puts more pressure on spine. when you see surgeon ask him if conservative measures like phys. therapy or accupucture might be appropriate. it is always good to get 2nd opinion.
    The most important ? to ask will you get permanent damage to nerves if left alone. if that's the case youll need surgery.
    keep us posted and don't push it...
    best of luck,
  • Pete, are you trying to up your points to win that new... oh right, they don't mean anything! :p

    Sorry, couldn't resist :p

    Welcome Merrick! I, too, am a single mom, but mine are all 18 and over :( or is it :D

    Sounds like you should make that appointment soon! If you are in pain, you want to get in asap to explore all your options of a non-surgical nature. Pain stinks, but not knowing and worrying is worse, make that appointment!

    In the mean time, follow the golden rule for spineys: IF IT HURTS, DON'T DO IT! Take it easy, it won't kill you! Do something fun yet non-exertive with your kids, something you can enjoy together and keep your mind off things until your appointment.

    Let us know how it goes!

  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am so glad you stopped by.. =D> pain pills aren't the only answer but it is a start to help get you where you need to go.. take it easy till you see the surgeon. :D you are obviously hurt and need to baby yourself for awhile. >:D< i understand you do lots of physical work but you need to find a way to take a break when you can.. be sure and keep that appointment and write down your questions this time.. :? by the time you have scoured SH a few times, i am sure you will have many. good luck and i hope you are feeling better soon. :D Jenny :)
  • Degenerative disc disease is something that happens to all of us as we age. It just happens faster and more severely in some than in others. You can read about it here:

    Due to the swelling there is less room in the central spinal canal for the spinal nerves to pass freely. It is this nerve irritation that is causing the pain and numbness you are feeling.
  • Hello Merrick -

    I would ask the Doc who made your diagnosis for a referral to a pain management specialist who will in turn set a course of action for you.

    Spinal Stenosis (or narrowing of the spinal canal) can cause alot of different symptoms and varying degrees of pain...so it's definitely not something to treat lightly and ignore.

    Best wishes to you and welcome to the Forum.

  • Thank you everyone. I called my Dr. and he put me on another pain pill because the first one keeps me from functioning during the day. I am a full time student and have 3 children. I can't take naps when I want to. I should hear about my appointment with the neurosurgeon on Monday.

    Jeff...I know I must sound stupid, but what will a pain management specialist do? I really don't want more med's, but I can't do daily duties without something.

    Thanks to everyone again for replying.
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