Hi, I'm Mike. I just turned 40 and have spinal stenosis caused by arthritis in my spine.
I worked manual labor for 8 years and worked out very hard for 9 and though I occasionally got the pinched nerve (sciatica) I had no idea my back was in trouble. It never hurt. Well in February when I was pushing my dad's truck out of the snow I got sciatica again and this time prednisone, etc. didn't work that well.
After months of it getting worse I finally saw an orthopedist in July who said I had arthritis in my spine . However when he told me this he said I would be able to go back to my previous activities. He saw an X ray of my lower back, and it has spurs.
After getting a referral to see a back specialist, I was given an MRI and an appointment to get an injection, which I had last Wednesday. By the time I had the injection I was peeing in a bucket upstairs, going through vicodin and kratom, and doing a lot of screaming and crying. The injection has helped, I'm around 75-85 % better.
But doc told me, "Jame,s, you've worn out your back. It's destroyed". And he told me in the future I may need surgery to fuse some discs. He told me that it was bad, and he didn't want to be the one to tell me, but that is how it is.
Instead of it taking me 90 minutes to get up in the morning, it takes 30, and that's OK. I'm in pain, but not nearly as bad. The pain. My God I don't want to go through any more pain. And I'm only 40. I'm quite depressed. I don't know what to do or where to go or how to deal with this. I always prided myself on my work ethic and strength, and now, well, now it will only get worse. And I have what, 30 years at least?
I walk with a cane and I need it...but I've gained 30 pounds and am near 300. I gained a lot of weight becaues I can't eat healthy anymore- I can't stand long enough to do that. And I'm depressed. Really just in despair.
I hope to be able to read about coping techniques, pain management tips, and the like. I hope this is an active forum. Welcome to Spine-Health
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