I'm new to the forum and would appreciate some feedback on leg pain caused by lumbar stenosis. I'm 74. Have had bilateral leg pain due to very tight quads and hamstrings for MANY years. It's not vascular. Diagnosed with lumbar stenosis at three levels L2/L3, L3/L4, L4/L5. I'm totally sedentary. Sit MANY hours daily on chair at computer.
Recently (March-June) had shooting pains down hamstrings followed by stabbing pain (July) in lumbar region with Level 10 pain. Neurosurgeon says MRI shows free fragment (not floating around) has broken off and extruded at L3/L4 -- a new condition. He has ordered a fresh MRI but says early indications are I may need surgery - combination of removing disc fragment and opening up the stenosis.
I have absolutely no doubt that the shooting pains in leg and stabbing pains in spine (which seem to be improving) are/were related to the stenosis and disc condition. However, I'm thinking the painful quad and hamstring tightening which I've had for years are unrelated to the stenosis but caused by physical inactivity. This is just a theory on my part. I've had PT and chiro. Nobody has suggested the possibility that my muscular leg pains might not be caused by the stenosis.
I've not found a good description of the kind of leg pain that can be caused by lumbar stenosis. I've seen descriptions of "dull, deep and achy" but no description of bilateral muscle tightness and pain caused by stenosis. Since the shooting leg pains and stabbing lumbar have stopped (for now at least), I don't want to undergo surgery if the pain from muscular tightness in the quads and hamstrings is happening independent of the spine problems. Would appreciate any comments or references on this matter.
Thanks very much.