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Newbie Here... looking for answers

EricCamperEEricCamper Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all, Eric here... 38 yrs old, Capricorn... well not really.... 5'9, 185lbs... Lumbar stenosis for several years now... oops... probably my whole life, but started to annoy me recently in the last several years. :-)

I have an L5 anterior... I think I have the terminology wrong, but my L5 is pushed forward... No accident, just like that since birth apparently. Moderate pain when standing, sitting is fine, but I would say MOST pain is in the legs...

Tried, Neurontin for a while, but not really keen on taking it... Vicaden and other equivalent drugs help some, sometimes all pain relieved, but I assume that cant last forever, nor do I wish to take them forever...

Had ONE series of shots in the back, worked for about a month, then pain was worse, or perceived worse... :-)

So, I am a member of Xbox, Beer Brewing and every other forum for my various hobbies and etc, so why not join you guys as well...

Looking for any and all feedback, perhaps a trick or two to relieve some pain and get back to playing with my kids and various shenanigans. Thanx all



  • Hi Eric,

    Welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find others dealing with lumbar spinal stenosis. You will also find many doctor written peer reviewed articles on the subject, to help you gain insight into the condition.

    What type of doctor is currently treating you? What type of medications are you currently using to control the symptoms? Are you having any symptoms and if so what are they?

    Look around the forums and you can find plenty of members dealing with and the different treatments they have tried, some easy some a bit harder, but each person is different, and you never know which treatment will help you. Hopefully soon you will be back enjoy the kids and playing with them on a regular basis.

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Take care and keep us posted.
  • I just wrote a post for you that was too long, so I erased it. I too started to have severe pain at around the same age. I tried all the conservative methods to start with. My Primary Physician finally set me up with a MRI. After he got the results he told me that he was not experienced enough to help me and referred me to a pain specialist. I was nervous about this, but it was the best thing that had happened to me. My Primary was right in that the pain Dr had much more experience in these matters. Most people, luckily, never have to know the pain mentally and physically that a chronic pain sufferer goes through. Their back hurts for a while and get better.

    Well this is getting to long again!

    So here I am at 40 years old. I have had a 360 fusion on L4-S1. I am on a lot of pain meds, and I still have pain. The good part is I am better. I have had no numbness in my legs since my fusion. I feel comfortable walking, I was concerned for a while that I would fall since I could not feel most of my left leg. I am able to work in a physically demanding job. I am able to do most of what I want. That is to say that I have learned to live my life in a way that does not increase my pain. So, I have had to give up doing some things, others I just found a new way to do them. The things I have given up have been replaced with other hobbies. With just 2 visits to a pain Psychologist I have learned to deal with my new life.

    I guess the short of it is; be aggressive and involved in your medical treatment. Don't be content to just suffer. There may or may not be something out there to fix your back, but the longer you wait the more you are wasting valuable time. Once you understand what is wrong and what your options are you can make the choices that are right for you and get back to living your life your way.

    I wish you the best of luck!
  • Welcome. I agree with Factory Rat. I have had 3 fusions, one being a 360 at L4/L5. I am now fused from L1-S1. Fusions fixed what was causing the pain, numbness etc but there is always some discomfort. I was in good shape before my surgeries and that helps. I still do my core strengthening and stretching.

    Listen to your doctor and be patient. It is a long recovery. But with some determination you can get back to doing a lot of the things you were doing. Its hard work and takes time.

    I swim which is great for my back - being weightless is wonderful - and was able to get back to riding my bike. Again, patience is required.

    Good luck and keep us posted.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • Thanx all, well... no medication,,, Waiting on the Delaware law to kick in. lol... Tried Oxy and Tramadol, but not really keen on taking tons of medication... Just got my epidural yesterday. Left side L5, the first worked for about 3 weeks, this one is already feeling better, he HIT a nerve this time... which felt like sticking my pinky toe in a socket. LOL... Those needle are huge!!! I try not to look. Sore from the shot of course, but the leg pain is gone... trying to take it easy this week, so we shall see... thanx for the support
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