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Having trouble walking, ataxia? Other issues please give advice

candrews922ccandrews922 Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I have advanced ddd, probably starting when I was 14, I am now 51. Also multiple cervical ostephytes and foraminal stenosis on left and right at C3-C7. Been in chiropractic care since a teenager also, at all 3 levels for subluxation. Forward to present. My MRI's at my lumbar level listed me as having moderately severe spinal canal stenosis at L4-L5, my disc is all but gone. Bilateral foraminal stenosis, recess stenosis, hypertrophy of joints, and ligamentous infolding. I see a neurosurgeon on sept 2nd, a neurologist on the 20th of August for an emg. He also has known me for over 10 years. My main newer symptom is I can't walk as far as I used to before my legs get ataxia. Loss of coordination, gait funny, feeling heavy almost off balance. I can't walk uphill either. This is where it confuses me, stenosis is supposed to be better uphill. My legs feel like they wont even move uphill, like I am moving them from the hip. I have some pain in the back of the legs and buttocks. I also get this weird sensation right to the sides of where my herniation is collapsed. Like a quivering and my trunk muscles are shakey, thighs. Lots of twitching in my muscles, cramping. I get nervous about the Cauda equina syndrome thing, and the walking difficulty is driving me crazy. Sound familiar to anyone? Did you end up having surgery? Did you end up with any left over nerve damage or walking difficutly. I am scared, nervous, anxious and it is affecting my blood pressure. Not to mention, my pain control has been a joke, but will need to be taken over by someone. Please advice if you read anything familiar. Would really appreciate it. My lumbar disc herniated from advanced ddd and collapsed back in 2006. So the area had developed compression all over from surrounding tissues taking on the weight distribution. My L5-S1 is bulging and has an annular fissure but isn't really compressing at that level.


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