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Stenosis is back!

brendashbbrendash Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Spinal Stenosis
Hello, I was diagnosed with DDD in 2007 when I had to have C5-T1 fused and had an implant placed in to help with mobility. I had to have that done because of the severe congenital stenosis that was discovered. I also discovered 3 lumbar bulging discs that we managed at the time with steroid injections. I had just turned 34. In the following year, I had my hip replaced, and it failed.. resulting in a revision in 2009. I have been managing my daily pain well up until a month ago when my back pain came back with a vengeance. I found out the remaining 3 discs in my neck are now bulging and I have some in my mid thoracic area and recurrence of pain in the lumbar. I feel like my spine is crumbling to pieces. I'm 38. I'm scared because I only have 3 discs left in my neck and now they are bulging and I do not know what can be done if there is stenosis occurring in those as well. Can a person function with all the discs in their neck malfunctioned? That is where I am at and I am having a hard time finding a doctor to even help. I see a pain specialist on Monday... my previous neurosurgeon has retired... I feel lost and scared to death that I will have to have my entire back redone. I'm terrified. My hardware is causing swelling and irritation and the discs in my neck are bulging. They put me on prednisone and more pain meds until I can find out what is going on and why the sudden onset of problems again.


  • >:D< I am so sorry that you have found yourself with such bad spine issues >:D< I can relate.

    I suggest that you ask around (all your doctors and nurses) and work on getting some referral with outstanding surgeons (Neuro would be my first choice). Get the best pm you can find and start building your options.

    I am sure that you know that this is a long process and for some of us it is a life long battle. Hang in there, feel better, and be patient, but most of all stay positive >:D<


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