Hi, I'm pretty new here and have been reading all the post here. I'm amazed at the support I've seen here. And I'm amazed at the knowledge here as well. To me, patient knowledge is just as valuable as doctor knowledge.
I've had 30 years worth of back issues. I feel lucky to have recovered well after each back surgery. I've had three surgeries, all in the lumbar area with the last being a fusion.
About two years ago, which would be 3 years since the fusion at the time I began have terrible pain in my tailbone area and down my right leg into my foot. It only happened once in a while and usually while i was walking.
Recently this has become a daily problem. My MRI suggest this may be due to scar tissue involving the S1 nerve root.
In addition, I've been having terrible neck pain for the last two years. I've put off having it looked at basically because I hate that MRI machine and didn't want to be put in head first with a cage around my head. But, finally I did it.
At the cervico-junction and c1-c2, this is no abnormality.
At C2-C3, degenerative changes are noted in the right facet joint, resulting in mild narrowing of the right neural foramen.
At C3-C4, there is a borad-based midline and parmidline disc osteophyte bulge. Degenerative changes in the facet joints and uncovertebral joins are noted bilaterally, resulting in a moderate narrowing of the spinal canal and neural foramine bilaterally.
At C4-C5, there is a broad-based midline and paramidline disc osteophyte bulge. Degenerative changes in the facet joints and uncovertebral joints are noted bilaterally, resulting in moderate narrowing of the spinal canal and neural foramina bilaterally.
At C5-C6, this is a small midline disc herniation indenting the anterior surface of the thecal sac and indenting the anterior surface of the spinal cord slightly to the right of the midline.
At C6-C7 there is a small broad-based disc bulge, without significant stenosis on the spinal cord.
At L4-L5, mild degenerative changes are noted in the facet joints, resulting of mild narrowing of the neural foramina bilaterally.
At L5-S1, there is bilateral laminectomy. There is a fusion using plate and screws, n good alignment. The spinal canal and neural foramen are not significantly narrowed.
There is enhancement along the right and left S1 nerve roots after contrast administration, suggestion postsurgical scarring.
My symptoms have been:
Falling, I tend to lose my balance lately and just fall.
Shoulder, and arm pain
Tingling, numbness in fingers
Terrible neck pain to the point that I have to hold my head up
Right and Left leg pain,
extreme left foot pain
In addition i have osteoarthritis in both hips.
Right now, and although I know there are many out here much worse than myself, I'm totally miserable. I can't get comfortable. I hurt non stop literally from head to toe.
I love life and I just want to live it!
According to my MRI report I have various stages of both Spinal Stenosis and Foraminal Stenosis.
My question is, for those of you that have been diagnosed with stenosis, how do you cope?
Have you found that at least for yourself that surgery helped you, if you had surgery?
Have you found any non surgical treatments that seemed to help you?
I'm not looking for medical advice, I'll get that when I see my Neurosurgeon this month. I'm looking for personal experience stories or maybe hope.
I've never had an accident, never been hurt, this is something that just happens to my back, perhaps genetic?
Thank you for taking the time to read my post.
1992 L5/S1 Laminectomy
2001 L5/S1 Second Laminectomy
2008 L5/S1 Fusion.
C5-C6 disc herniation
C2-C6 Spinal Stenosis and Foramina Stenosis, facet joint degeneration and osteophyte