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Scared and Confused

patti664ppatti664 Posts: 2
edited 04/25/2015 - 11:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello Everyone. Thank you for reading my post. I have been diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease,
Spinal Stenosis, and Arthritis in my back. This started on March 27, 2015. I was sent to have an MRI.
When my Doctor got the results, she said that I could stop going to Physical Therapy. She is now
finding a Neurosurgeon for me. Just a few questions please. Does Spinal Stenosis cause Degenerative
Disc Disease? Should I go back to PT? How bad is my condition? Thank you in advance.


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  • Hi Patti,
    No way to know for sure yet.NS needs to read MRI, then you will know. Lots of us have DDD plus another (or two) conditions. You will find a lot of support here. I know your mind is probably racing try not to worry until you have to. We will be here for you.
  • I agree with Ivy. Go to NS. Hopefully he will order an MRI and they can really see what is going in your back. i am a PT and see people with DDD and spinal stenosis very frequently . It will be good to have a better understanding of what is going on in your back before you go back to PT. Hang in there.
  • Just because your being sent to a neuro consult don't assume that you will need surgery. I was kind of in the same boat. I hurt my back at work. I went through a work rehabiliation program through a local hospital. They haven't sent me through physical therapy since I was hunched over and in pain. I was automatically sent for an MRI and to see a neurosurgeon. It took a while to get the approval to see the doctor and during that wait of about 5 weeks I began to feel better. I am walking more straight and the pain has diminished. When I saw the doctor he recommended surgery. I told him that things seem to be improving. He said that recovery from a disc herniation could be possible. From what I have read on-line, recovery using conservative therapy could take anywhere from 6 to 12 week. Listen to your body. Healing could be a long process. I have read too may stories about how people go through back sugery and still suffer from some sort of pain.
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