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.