Hi everyone. I am 46, diagnoses with severe spinal stenosis on the left and mild on the right. I was diagnosed via MRI due to agonizing pain in my left leg, but not much in the back. I kind of got the run around for 6 weeks. Was taking percocet and Diclofenac. Stopped percocet as soon as I could. And then the anti-inflammatory started to hurt my stomach. I saw a pain management specialist who wants to do an injection next week. But right now, the pain isn't bad.
It's weird. I've had mild back pain and stiffness so long that I don't even think about it. In fact when I saw my doctor about the leg pain and he asked if my back hurt, I said no. Because it didn't hurt more than usual.
So right now I have a sore, stiff back. But nothing I would go to the doctor for.
So do I get the injection anyway? So that it doesn't come back.
Do I put it off?
The pain before was so agonizing, I just can't imagin how it could be gone.
Overall I totally understand that I need to ask my doctor. And I will. I am seeing the orthopedic Dr. tomorrow and will ask him some questions. I just wanted some personal stories about this. I don't want to have an injection if I don't need one, is it bad to do so? I would like to hear from other peoples experiences what they did.