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Spinal Stenosis?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi, I'm new here. It's been a little over 10 years since the pain started. I've been to some doctors and they didn't know and sent for x-rays that revealed that my bottom backbone is too large.
I read the description of Spinal Stenosis, and that fits me to a tee. I'm always huddled over shopping carts in the stores. I can still do a lot of things but not for long periods of time.
I've looked at the exercises and tried a bit of them. I am currently waiting to see the specialist but that won't be until just before Christmas. All I know is that I'm going to do as much as I can before then so I don't end up going under the knife.
My biggest current issue is my weight. Since it hurts to walk, I've gained even more weight which increases the load on my back that compounds the pain which makes it even harder to walk. For that I'm gonna have to get a bike and start riding to to get the metabolism up.
I still have hope though. I've had 1 period a couple of years ago where I could walk five miles in a straight line, but I messed that up by taking a hike in the bush. That caused a painful flare-up that has lasted a year and a half to date. I just missed bush walking so much that I just had to try. Won't be doing that again.



  • Welcome to Spine Health. Sorry that you are hurting enough to drive you here. At least you will find support and understanding here, unlike in most places surrounding us on a daily basis.

    Walking is an excellent exercise and I found that walking on a treadmill has been my saving grace. I can walk when I want for as long as I want and I generally watch a movie or TV series while walking.

    Best to you,

  • I have severe stenosis too, just part of the issues. The hardest thing on us is wieght and I found that a recumbant bike worked for me. It is the one that you sit down on a flat seat. There are times I have to sit on a pillow to have a soft place. And sometimes it is to hard to pedal, but I'll give it a shot and see what happens. I cannot walk more than a couple hundred yards, without a cane, with a cane, I can keep going for a bit longer, but it depends on the day.

    I hope that you find some relief to your own issues.
  • Thanks for the welcome all. I know that depending on the day. Somedays I can others I can't. You sound like me going without treatment for a longtime. I still haven't really gotten any. I've done all by trial and error.
    At first I couldn't go anymore than a couple of hundred. Then I just got used to just sitting there letting the pain control me. Then I started to mangage the pain. Just doing what I could when I could. One thing I did that really helps was change the way I walked. I used to walk with one foot straight and the other foot pointing to the right.
    Then one day when I was talking with a friend somehow we got on the topic of how we can't change how we walk. Then it hit me to change how I walk. I started walking with both feet straight. That helped on the hip pain. It hurt to stretch the muscles that way but the pain was substantially releived, and I was able to walk for longer periods of time.
    Still though I had to sit lots on long walks since I don't drive. Walking was my main way of getting around. I haven't gotten back to that level I was at before my hike through the bush. I have to keep going. Good luck to all...
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. gaining weight is unfortunately one of the by products of chronic pain. ~X( we just can't move around like we used to. try and find an exercise you enjoy. i love to swim..it is pain free and so good for the body. :D good luck and i hope you find an exercise program to help you take those extra pounds off. :D Jenny :)
  • LOL about the foot. I do the same thing, when my back is really bad, my right foot turns outward, 45 deg when its really bad and I walk kind of peg-legged. I didn't realize it for a long time, until my wife saw me walking and mentioned it. Once I saw it for myself, I began to pull the foot back in and found that it helped.

    Also - I found that "Pacing" my work allowed me to accomplish more. Depending on the energy level I had, I would start on a hard task first and then after 10 to30 minutes, I would stop or move onto the next job- one that was not as strenuous- and keep going and then as my battery zapped out, I would rest and pick other jobs or just take a break or meditate for 20 minutes and then when I had some energy back, I would see if I could finish something off. It really takes a lot of listening to your mind and body to keep a positive attitude.

    I hope you enjoy the journey and are feeling better about things.
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