I have a couple of questions. I have recently seen a surgeon, and he tells me that I have Spondylolisthesis and Spinal Stenosis at the L5-S1 area. This is causing intense pain all the way down my left leg, and intermittant numbness in my thigh, foot, and big toe. My legs feel weak all the time, and I cannot stand for more than a few seconds before the pain starts. Relief is achieved by lying on my right side (that is the basic info).
When I saw both my GP and the Spine Specialist (latter referred me to surgeon), they both asked whether I had any incontinence. This leads me to my first question. I am not "incontinent" per se, but I have recently started experiencing 'urgency' whenever I need to pee or poo. Added to that, whenever I have needed to poo in the past couple of weeks, it is almost as though I have mild diarrhea. I have very loose stools, occasional cramps, and definitley some urgency at times. My GP did not seem to think that this was a big issue, but did say to go to ER if it gets worse. Thing is, how do I know whether this is a medication or stenosis issue?
Second thing is...can stenosis cause ankle swelling? In the past couple days, my left ankle has developed slight swelling, almost as though I have sprained it...like a little "egg" of swollen area near the ankle bone. It's weird, and I'm not sure if it's a problem.
Oh...one more thing. I have milld pain and some pins n needles in my left hand...is that likely to be related to my stenosis?
I am awaiting a date for surgery, and will be (later today) going for an Epidural Steroid Injection in the hope that the pain might be bearable for a little while.
Thanks for reading this post.