Spinal problems have developed over the past four years. I am now a young 74 otherwise very healthy. I am most concerned re the apparently rapid worsening of my condition, particularly over the past two years. I've had all the xrays and two MRI's the first in 2011 and the second in August 2013. They show lateral recess stenosis in a number pf places in the lumbar region and central core stenosis in the area of L5. Also present is arthritis and DDD together with anterior osteophytes (Whatever they are). My specialist discussed the possibility of surgery and was not very enthusiastic about the possible outcome. Any surgery for my problems would apparently take more then 12 monthts to recover from and the possible benefit could not be sensibly evaluated. This was last October. I was passed back from the Spinal Unit to my GP who prescribed Neurontin and paracetamol. As this did not control the pain she just kept increasing the dose til the maximum was reached. This nibbled at the pain but I was still severely disabled and in a great deal of pain night and day. My personal waste management system was also seriously affected. I suggested patches but she refused these. The pain has now seriously affected my right hip, knee and the rest of the leg.
Mr Google suggests this could be sciatica caused by the stenosis. I can only gain some relief by raising my legs and I have purchased an adjustable bed which helps. I also have to use a wheelchair outdoors and a walker indoors. I can do virtually nothing. I have always been reasonably active and have worked as a volunteer local councillor for the past 16 years, something I am now forced to give up. My wife has been wonderful even though many of the things we did together we have had to give up.
How bad can this get is there more can be done to lessen the pain. I can handle the restriction on my life and the disability but I can't handle this level of pain.