Hi, I have had back problems since I was a teen. My back is so messed up with severe spinal stenosis and every thing that comes with it. I have been having horrible, headaches, dizziness, my legs give out, my arms are weak, I even passed out a few times. I have to have surgery because my doctors are afraid I may have a stroke due to the severity of my compressed spinal cord. I am practicallly bed ridden so I thought why not meet some other people with back problems. I had my first procedure at 17 and I have had a discectomy, injections, pt, chiropractic, accupuncture, and anthing else that seemed to help. I was swimming quite a bit, as its all I can really do, when I started to notice weakness in my arms, then my legs. Then, the dizziness and blackouts started to happen. In 1992 I lost control of my bowel and bladder and had a partial paralyisis from the waist down. Currently 12 levels of my spine have issues.