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satinkitty2ssatinkitty2 Posts: 1
edited 05/25/2015 - 7:50 PM in New Member Introductions
A CT revealing herniated disc, spinal stenosis, arthritis and scoliosis of the lower back has me wondering at my age do I have surgery as recommended or do I continue on pain management? The problem started in 2007 and now I am unable to stand or walk for more than a few minuets before experiencing severe pain relieved only by sitting or laying. I've also noticed that I have very little bladder control which is a marked difference from what I had been experiencing. Living like this is taking a toll on my quality of life and I find myself becoming depressed. I had to go on disability when I could no longer perform the responsibilities of my job as a RN. I miss doing what I loved doing so much but at age 63 I've seen my population return from receiving anesthesia and some are never the same. Memory and cognitive abilities decline and some never improve. So my question is what quality of life is more important.

Is there anyone out there who is my age and tried other treatments with a measurable amount of success in being able to walk without pain?


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  • sandi123ssandi123 Posts: 456
    edited 05/28/2015 - 2:23 AM
    Problems with your bladder and the pain is so debilitating, all caused by the stenosis, injections, meds aren't going to relieve it or improve it. Surgery is the only thing that will correct stenosis that is severe, and the longer you wait, the more chance you take with having permanent damage.

  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    You said surgery was recommended.
    Have you discussed with doctor your fears and reluctance?

    The impaired cognitive abilities that you fear post op can happen even without surgery.
    I am not a candidate for surgery.....and I have problems concentrating, memory...even with what someone said minutes before in a conversation.
    I started experiencing that with the chronic pain alone...even before I started medications with pain management.

    Everyone is so individual . Surgeries, treatments, and medications may be effective for one and may be harmful or ineffective for another.

    Your symptoms sound severe.....not walking, and new symptom with bladder issues.
    I would talk with doctor and ask questions to alleviate fears. Let him explain why his best decision for you is surgery.

    Good communication with doc so important and having understanding and confidence in doctor will make going into surgery easier and your energy can be used on healing properly for your spine....and improved quality of your life.

    Please keep us posted on how things progress for you. Hang in there!

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