I have wondered so often if there are others with advanced spinal stenosis who have lost their abilty to walk, even with a rollator.... My doctor says that I am a "normal" spinal stenosis patient. But I can't wrap my mind around the fact that I will never be able to walk again. My rollator is my only way of getting around but I can't go further than a few steps before having to stop as much for the leg weakness as for the pain in the upper arms and neck from leaning so heavily on my rollator. I have met an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in back problems. He wants to decompress, etc, etc, but I have so many problems at different levels of the spine, such as 5 slipped discs, that it would only be a question of time to have to go in again and do some more work. That would mean basically spending the rest of my life in rehabilitation centers, as I live alone and would have no one to care for me in the early post-surgery stage.
Thirteen years ago, my doctor retired me from my teaching career because of severe O.A. in the ankles. Through the years the arthritis has taken over every joint in my body. But when it hit my spine, my life was sucked out of me, and I've had to learn to live within the confines of my house. Surgery seems the only option, but with a 50% chance of it actually working, I'm not going down that road. The pain is pretty well controlled with medication (Naproxen and Lyrica), but the enormous weakness in both legs makes me unable to stand on my own. I have to have both hands on a counter, or a table or my rollator.
But I would so much like to talk with people who can't walk anymore..... It's been 3 years now that I can't. Terrible loss.