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Newbie from Columbus, OH

Hi All!

I joined this forum in support of my husband because I've gotten a tremendous amount of help & encouragement from a scoliosis forum for myself.

My husband, Rick, age 61, was diagnosed with severe lumbar stenosis about 10 months ago. His ortho said nothing could be done & he'd have to live with it. We found a neurosurgeon who said he can fix the problem by re-doing a previous L 4/5 & adding L3/4. Surgery will be anterior. After Rick fell in the drs office, the neurosurgeon also suspects cervical stenosis & has ordered an MRI of the neck before the lumbar surgery can be performed. We're waiting. Rick is in a great deal of pain & takes prescribed maximum doses of Percocet.

Is anyone from the Columbus, OH area?

Peg (wife of smooshed)


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Ron DiLauro

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery

  • I think you will find a lot of information on this site and friendly members who will happily share their experiences.

    It sounds like your husband's neurosurgeon is taking care to address the most serious problem first.
    Having severe stenosis at one level of the spine does make it quite possible that there is a problem at another level.

    I had a lumbar fusion of L4/5 and then, a year ago, had two levels of my neck fused due to cord compression.

    I am in the UK so nowhere near Columbus! :-)

    I hope you don't have to wait too long before the neck MRI so that your husband's neurosurgeon can formulate a plan to get him out of pain.

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