Hello Everyone, My name is Patti. I would like to tell my story. In doing so, maybe someone will make
some sense of this life I have been suddenly zapped into. I am 55 years old and have always been a
restaurant manager. Due to too much stress, I quit my 10 year job, and am now serving. Much better.
It all started about 3 months ago. When I got out of bed, I could not stand up straight. In the beginning
I could just walk it off. I went to my Doctor, when the lower back pain started. She sent me
for x-rays. I went back. She said I had Spinal Stenosis. Something about the L4 and L5. She sent me for
and MRI. I started taking Physical Therapy. This seemed to hurt more sometimes, felt better others.
I went back to the Dr. She told me to stop PT. She said I would need surgery. She will now call me
with an appointment for a Nurosurgeon. I am on a lot of medications, yet still in severe pain.
My MRI showed Degenerated Disc Disease and Spinal Stenosis. My question would be: Is it normal
to go straight to a surgeon? What about the 6 months everyone is talking about in their posts.
Thank you for your time in this matter.