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Couldnt walk 3 wks ago now I can???

Wasn't sure which topic to place my question so I will try this one! I am going to make this short sweet and to the point to see if I can get some experiences from anyone out there...In 1997 I began with back/neck issues.... 2001 had a MLD of L4-L5 has relief for about 6 months but was determined not to continue to have multiple back surgeries therefore did ESI's, PT, etc. in 2003, had MRI for my neck and surgery was recommended due to 3 bone spurs, etc. causing cord compression. I declined. Over the years my back has been getting progressively worse and noticeably so in the past 6months...on 4/11/15, I noticed numbness, tingling, weakness in bilateral lower extremities....within a week I was in a wheelchair only able to transfer myself. a week later I was able to get myself around with a walker however did so minimally due to the fact I was barely shuffling my feet to make steps. My MD concerned over the acuteness of the loss of the ability to walk due to the above mentioned has ordered cervical, thoracic and lumbar MRI's. His rationale being that the symptoms I was having, in his experience often originate from higher in the spine than the lumbar area. I took time off of work and have seriously rested and yesterday felt loads better! Today I was able to walk a short distance without my walker. Has anyone had any of the same experiences that could give me some insight? This would be much appreciated!


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • When there is cord impingement, u r flirting with the devil not surgically repairing it. You risk paralysis.....

    What is the update in terms of surgery? My advice always is to follow the advice of a Surgeon. If you are skeptical, get a couple more opinions.

    Realize that FEAR is our worst enemy. Get up & get out in that stormy weather of the real world & kick fear in the teeth. Stare at it dead in the eyes & walk right through it into the storm; because once you're wet, you won’t fear the rain anymore
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