Sorry for the 'dramatic' title but I cannot describe it in any other way, and I really could use some help.
In 2006 my mother had an L5 lamisectomie due to narrowing of the lumbar canal (Spinal stenonis due to osteoarthritis). This involved fusion through implants.
This did manage to reduce the pain and increase her mobility slightly for around one year. Since then it's been a slow slide towards pain, probably far worse than she faced pre-op.
These days, her mobility is reduced to maybe being able to walk slowly for around one hour. If it doesn't sound too bad, keep in mind that this is followed by several bed-ridden days due to the pain it triggered.
She's incapable of cleaning her house, and even light shopping is a stretch. She's 64 and quick minded, it's driving her nuts. She's compensating by taking drugs, both OTC and prescriptions. This is a huge issue, as she's popping pills like candy. All the NSAID you can think off, plus various exotic ones. Her latest one is "Lyrica" (Pregabalin).
I have to watch my mother transform from an open minded person who loved to laugh into a paranoid, depressed and highly moody character. It's entirely due to the pain and the drugs, I'm sure of it, she's taking far too much. I've asked her to stop the pills, but the pain is just too much for her.
The neurosurgeon she sees is very reluctant to re-open a 64 yo who's still not on the verge of paralysis, so that's not an option for at least 4 to 5 years apparently.
I'm very worried that faced between paralysis on one hand and constant pain on the other, my mother might do something stupid. The good news is that from time to time you can tell she still has hope, and would be willing to try new things.
Can anyone indicate successful pain management strategy, or whatever process may have improved their quality of life when suffering from Spinal Stenosis. I am opened to absolutely anything, exercise, chiro, stretching, a responsible drug treatment, anything.
Any help or pointer would be hugely appreciated.