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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis question

Peg24PPeg24 Posts: 2
edited 10/12/2014 - 2:47 PM in Spinal Stenosis
Hi to everyone,

Just joined this forum and needing to ask some questions of some of you. Let me tell you a little about myself and what has now brought me to this point.

I am 56 years old and have always been a big walker. A little over a year ago, I decided to kick my walking up some by doing some jogging. After about 2 weeks of doing this, I started having some problems with pain behind my left knee. I thought maybe I had not stretched enough, so I stopped for awhile, but the pain would not go away. Anytime on my feet and I just keep feeling this dull ache and slight swelling behind my knee.

I began to think I must have injured the knee in some way. Went to an Orthopedic Dr. He did an MRI of the knee and said there showed nothing wrong with my knee.

I then thought maybe I was experiencing a Vascular issue, so I went to see a Vascular Surgeon. He also said, nothing wrong there.

So back to my primary doctor I went again. This time she pushed some on my low back and because I had some slight tenderness, she said, let's do any Xray of your back.

She came back and told me I had this Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. She said she wanted to go through 6 weeks of PT.

I asked her about doing am MRI of the back and she said, not yet.

Don't quite understand that, but went with it.

I have been in PT now going on 3 weeks and since I have started this, my low back is starting to hurt also. Now I have problems with both back and leg.

I'm am not convinced that my leg pain is from this.

My question is....for those of you who suffer from this, if you have any pain in your legs from it...is it a dull pain, and is there any swelling? My swelling is right on the inside of the leg, where my knee bends and when it swells, it also turns a little red.

Sorry to make this so long, just wondering if anyone else had this happen to them.



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  • BaliBBali Posts: 3
    edited 10/15/2014 - 3:56 AM
    Hello, maybe change your doctor and ask for another opinion Then consult a neurologist for follow ups. Good luck and be strong...it is your right to question.

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  • I suffer from osteoarthritis & I have a lot wrong with my joints. Although I have similar symptoms I don't know what's causing what if you know what I mean? No-one here can really tell you. We'd just be guessing! From the tone of your thread I think you already know that the logical thing to do is get an MRI. Sometimes insurance companies want you to jump (or hobble) through a few hoops before they pay out. I'd push for an MRI & a consult with a spine specialist if it shows anything.

    I know it's weird but in my experience arthritis can cause that red, swollen, hot thing in joints before there's much damage. Do you have arthritis anywhere else? Fingers etc?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I just spent the last year riding that train. The insurance companies have a distinct protocol they follow for leg pain. First they "torture" you with Physical Therapy, then spinal injections, maybe next if they are nice, they may allow a MRI. After some arm twisting by your physician they may allow surgery if the condition is serious. My advice to you is find a good neurologist or neurosurgeon. They are much better suited to treat a back injury / condition than a orthopedic (experienced both, Neurosurgeon wins). A good doctor will fight your fight with the insurance company.....if they believe they can help you. Not all conditions can be fixed by surgery. Good luck
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