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New here recently diagnosed with DDD, Spinal Stenosis, bulging discs, and arthritis

Dar1DDar1 Posts: 1
edited 04/19/2015 - 9:04 PM in New Member Introductions

I wanted to reach out to members. I am new here. Recently diagnosed in April 2015 from an MRI and my doctor with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, l-4, l-5 torn and bulging discs, degenrative disc disease, and arthritis of the spine. I am here to seeking information for these conditions, pain management advice, and support. I am an active mother, wife, and work full time. Thirteen years ago, I had a back surgery on one bulging disk the L-5 that was quite a success - no pain afterwards til recently. Plus, back then MRI did not reveal any other diagnosis. With these conditions, I experience pain, numbness, and the pins and needles sensation on my left side and down my left leg. Sensation of pins and needles is 24/7. I have found relief from pain with otc medications and I walk a lot with husband 3 to 6 miles a day. I am just wondering how all this has happened with out any real symptoms until recently past few months and in my eyes so quickly. I am in the waiting stage for referral to go through with insurance for physical therapy and a pain management clinic.

I look forward to reading responses.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 04/19/2015 - 9:04 PM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I wish I knew. I have had a bad neck for years and am very active. Do all I can to stay healthy. Sudden pins and needles like you. I am fairly new here as well and have my first NS appt after MRI on Wed so hopefully he can answer some questions and give me my options. I don't know if the numbness is transient or progressive. That would be helpful to know and could help me make decisions down the road. Good luck. Please keep us posted.
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