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severe central spinal stenosis

jeanblnchjjeanblnch Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Spinal Stenosis
i am wondering what has worked for others with my conditions:
I have sever central spinal stenois L3-4 and L4-5 due to facet hypertrophic changes, ligamentum flavum hypertrophy, broad based annular bulging and developmentally short pedicles. Also at L1-2 mild annular bulging.L3-L4severe joint degenrative changes, developmentally short pedicles and broad- based annular bulging.

I've had steriod injections, physical therapy and one edpidural steriod injection. What has worked for others??


  • I had facet joint injections that helped somewhat with my mobility and pain. It seems though with anything severe in the spine you need a second opinion Surgeon. Do you have any sciatica pain or numbness? I would get an EMG/nerve conduction test. Take care and keep us posted. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Has surgery been ruled out for you? In my case, that was the only option. There was simply no room for the nerve to pass through. I went through all conservative treatments but nothing would make any difference other than what I think of as a "roto-rooter" procedure to clean out all the gunk.
  • Had everthing but Surgery. But I am leary. I also have permanent Nerve Damage in my back which also goes down my L and R Legs so not sure for the outcome also have heard people still had problems and pain after surgery for the Stenosis. I really do not want to feel like I am 20-30 yrs older than what I really am the rest of my life. I had this situation for 2 years being treated when is it going to be fixed or over! This is my experience. I can only walk 1-1 1/2 blocks before it really starts with alot of pain or to where I can not stand walking or standing. This is just so crazy for me. I have in the past Physically helping my 100% Handicapp sister that is younger than me and now with this it is killing me because I can not really help her now with hardly anything.
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