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Anyone out there with Developmental spinal stenosis????

Hi everyone!
I was finally diagnosed about 18 mnths ago, i'm 39 yrs old and been in pain since 14 yrs old, admittedly on an off when i was younger. Since 1999 its been progressively worse with sciatica symptoms, and severe, to chronic, lower back pain and nerve pains and aches in my legs, occasionally arms.

I was offered an op but i'd only just been diagnosed, i was freaked out and scared. So I said i'd wait and try meds..... . .
Also, good or bad, i wanted to know what exactly was wrong. I wanted to understand what was happening to me,
Sometimes its really bad and i cant move, my back locks and i get a severe pain in my back and leg, other times its manageable...... . . Why is it so on and off?????

I have tried to find info on my diagnosis but all i find is info on spinal stenosis? but mine is different isn't it. When ever i ask i don't seem to get an answer no one knows anything about my Diagnosis and just redirect me to some one else. So for the last 6 mnths i have shut down taken pain meds that i shouldn't and now i sit here with slight withdraws, I don't know what to do i don't have any thing in my life to distract me, I don't work, no kids, no hobbies, i have no interest in any thing. I'm on anti-depressants, another thing I've been on and off for 20 yrs.

I've been told that exercise helps but that's hard to do when your in pain and unmotivated, I have a dog and do walk him when i ca, he is my motivation.

Can i get help fro this forum or am I on the wrong sit???

Many Thanks AV


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