Five years ago I was having some wrist pain and my normal back pain. I went to the doctor who sent me to the local orthopedic hack (who has since been kicked out of the hospital and the practice of medicine but that is another story).
I was concerned about my wrists so I didn't worry too much about the back. He said that the x ray showed I had some arthritis and he was out of the room in 2 seconds. His nurse handed me a prescription for pyroxicam.
A year later the back pain was more annoying and so I had an MRI and my pcp said it showed I had some stenosis. I still didn't think about an orthapedic surgeon. I had PT and started getting some epidurals when things started getting tough.
Last fall the epidurals quit working and so I pursued an orthapedic surgeon. Six months later after exercising all my options I am scheduled for surgery, which I will write about in the surgery forum. But I put the results of my recent myelogram in the history section.
Yep, I have a little stenosis. The guy who did the myelogram said to the assistant when he looked at the pictures: Now that is a "nice" degenerative spine.
So that's my story.