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Help!! To have surgery or not to have surgery??

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello all!!! I am in need of some advice...
I am new to this website, but have been suffering from back for about 8 years and am only 24!!! I am told I have lumbar stenosis along with spurs on my lumbar (L1-L5). I cannot do much of anything for long periods (sitting, walking, running, lying down) without sharp pain running from my low back through the butt down to my FEET!! Even changes in altitude has an effect. I have tried everything.......but have found no relief. I am trying not to think about surgery but I think that maybe my best hope, the only problem is finding doctors that agree. I am at a loss and fear surgery.....

Anyone that could offer some advice and maybe make me feel better about what the ultimate decision (surgery) would involve????

Thank you =D


  • I understand all your fears. If you want relief then surgery is your option. In my opinion the younger you are the faster you heal. but remember the surgery will only help the limb pain. (thats what I was told by my surgeon) and he was right! The surgery pain is painful but each day gets better and better. My legs are pain free now, occasionally I have a back ache but nothing compared to before my surgery.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • Thank you very much....
    My biggest complaint is my legs. The sharp pain, the numbness in the feet, the throbbing, Now that I have finally had a proper diagnosis I am ready for a proper treatment.

    Thanks again
  • Kind of treatment recommendations were you given by the doc? What kind of doc gave you the report or diagnosis? If it was you GP reading just the radiology report, then I highly recommend getting a referral to see a spine specialist to discuss options and possible treatment.

    Yes there is surgery to help with spinal stenosis, however the vast majority of the time, once you have surgery on your spine, you wind up having more in the future.

    Do your hoemwork, write down all your questions and then present them to a spine doc and see what kind of info you get back.

    Welcome to Spine Health!

  • Thank you,

    I had the original CT requested by a chiropractor who did the interpretation and didn't even really acknowledge the spurs or stenosis, but rather the bulging disks that were present. I didn't even really know the stenosis was an issue. But I got another opinion from my GP who sent me to a spine specialists that did an EMG on my legs determined I had nerve damage and sent me to PT for the bulging discs. That was two years ago, but now my legs and back hurt worse than ever and new CT revealed that the spurs and stenosis or much more prevalent now and a my new spine doctor is pushing surgery. I guess my issue is coming from the fact that the bone is causing the pressure and I don't know how to relieve the pain. I am only 24 and feel like I am already in my fifties =) I can't find any doctors to agree.... and lost and very confused.
    But thank you for your advice. =)
  • Remember, this is only my opinion but the longer you live with this pain, especially with stenosis and spurs, the more chance you have for permanent nerve damage. I would consult with at least two surgeons and remember the pain management or non-specialists often try to keep you from surgery.

    I dealt with pain for so many years until it was at a point I was limping and pretty much useless. I wish I was able to have my surgery a couple of years ago so I could have kept myself in even better physical shape. I am not in horrible shape but workouts became more and more painful as my condition deteriorated.

    Do your research and even jump on the chat room here and you can talk to many "spineys" that lend great support.

    Good Luck
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