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Need help asap! L3-4 L4-5 and L5 S1

vaniyapvvaniyap Posts: 1
edited 07/16/2015 - 11:35 PM in Spinal Stenosis
Hi i am female 29years old and obese (285lbs) and i am feeling this pain for almost 3 years, I had epidural steroid injection twice and now i back with pain, pain killers like oxynorm/oxycontin not working anymore even gabapantin. Tried all the pain kollers, accupuncture and conservative treatment but i'm still in pain. Now my doctor asked me to get an MRI and the result is...

Severe spinal canal narrowing are seen at l3-4, l4-5 and l5-s1

He plans to do a spine fusion surgery to me but i am SOOO afraid, since i am obese the complications are doubled. Can someone please advies or help me on what to do to avoid surgery and pain?

I have never been to a surgery before thats why i need your opinions. Thanks so much


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    edited 07/16/2015 - 11:36 PM
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    And welcome!
    I have never been a candidate for surgery, so I can't speak to that.
    Others may pass by and be able to share their experiences.

    I wanted to let you know there is a __ search__ on this site, upper right on page.
    Type in your concerns and you may be led to older posts, articles, and or videos that may be helpful to you.
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    ( as parent to deaf son, I think that's huge!)

    Usually, when I search, I find I have more questions. I may continue to search, or ask members...
    but usually I write questions down for me to ask doctor.
    Initially, I didn't know enough to even have a question. I just wanted the pain to stop.

    But now, with a little more information, I can ask to doctor more of my specific concerns.
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  • Believe me when you have been in pain for years you won't even fear the operation. You just want it done and come out the other side so you can try and start living again. I had been in pain for over forty years on and off and intense pain for the last 5. I couldn't get my operation soon enough. You are young you don't want to be in pain like this for any longer its got to be putting your life on hold. To be blunt you say you are obese well that's only going to get worse the less you are able to move around. People always say on here about getting second opinions ,do that. But don't spend years wasting your youth when you have a chance to live pain free. I wish I had had the opportunity unfortunately I was misdiagnosed for years. MRIs are not so easy to obtain in the UK.
  • Hi vaniyap:

    You are very young and I would suggest you reading and getting yourself update with all the information needed prior to going into surgery. Please read my post from 2011 and today's update.
    In 2011 I was in similar situation after exhausting all possibilities. After numerous treatments I gained lots of weight on steroid injections. I went to visit my family in Europe and the neurosurgeon in Austria mentioned to stop all medications and injections, it made me more sick and I was allergic to the spinal injections that clogged my spine . I saw a surgeon here in the U.S. and he promised if I lose some weight and call him if one day I no longer can walk without severe pain . I was 255ibs, I left his office and stopped all meds and joined weight watchers, lost 55ibs from Feb to Aug. I had the surgery August 2011. The weight plays a big role with the surgery and to avoid more complications I just stopped all meds, injections and focused on a healthy diet. It is a constant struggle but once the weight comes off, you may feel better and it may relieve a lot of pressure .... Today 4 years later I feel better, even after my recent spinal surgery , replacing a broken implant with rods and titanium screws, I continue to loose and maintain my weight. I wish you best of luck. It's good to get more than one opinion.

    Thank you, CST
  • Wounded and will find out Wednesday about surgery. I guess no more running for me. Can't be mad i guess as I did well for over 30 years. Trying to cope with this life change. Never felt pain like this before! We never know what's around the corner do we? Peace be with you and me!
    P.S. Very angry about this
  • LorraineeshLLorraineesh Posts: 3
    edited 01/23/2016 - 2:06 AM
    Hi can any one help me pls . I was due to have fusion surgery but since another Mri and nerve and emg test my surgeon has told me there is nothing he can do for my back but will do a discectomy for leg pain . I feel so depressed and confused pl help

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    I had surgery for spinal stenosis 20 years ago I didn't have a fusion and there has been no need for further surgery.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • So sorry to hear about your back. Personally, mine came up so fast. I had numb feet and went to the doctor. Long story short, within 6 weeks my feet , then legs, then my lower parts got very numb, then I could no longer walk!. I could not wait to get surgery as I did not want to become a paraplegic. I went to the hospital, they wheeled me in the or and put a mask on me. Next thing I know they are waking me up. It really is not bad...I was able to walk again right away. I'm still numb but not nearly as bad as right after the operation. I know you are very scared and its normal.. But, think of it as taking a few hours out of one day to get better... No medical advice here.. But I'm just saying I'm glad it's over and I had it done...prayers to you!
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