I've had a recent MRI that shows :
Multilevel degenerative spondylosis, with grossly mild to moderate canal stenosis. There is marked encroachment of the left lateral recess at L3-L4 with neural foraminal narrowing that is most conspicuous at L3-L4 and L4-L5 on the left.
I have multiple pain symptoms which change from day to day. But the pain in my right leg near my knee and down my shin is every day. It gets worse with walking or standing. The pain is achy, but becomes sharp when I put my full weight on my right leg.
I have very tight upper front thighs and groin. The area is very tender to the touch and the muscles hurt when massaged deeply.
Sometimes I get really tight when standing or walking, and my butt (periformis) really hurts. I do get pain down my leg like sciatica but mostly after walking or standing for a time. The pain is mostly in my right leg, but it sometimes goes to my left leg.
In March I was able to walk without pain, but standing for a long time was uncomfortable with a dull ache in my legs.
I can stretch my legs, and back. I can do exercises to relieve some of the tightness, but it comes back qulckly when walking or standing.
I now use a cane, and that is hard. I am thinking I'd need a scooter to get around.
I have osteoarthritis in my hips and knees as well. AND have had injections for pain management. I've also had epidural shots in my back.
They worked somewhat, but not completely. I'm due for another shot in my back.
I wonder if back surgery would alleviate my pain and inability to walk. But I think my problem is complex and not clear cut. The thought of complex back surgery and the pain of recovery terrifies me.
Thanks for any comments.
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MILD Treated with conservative measures such as Physical Therapy and mild medications. Many times these situations can be cleared up and the condition can be resolved.
MODERATE Some more treatments may be needed, ie Spinal Injections, Ultra sound and stronger medications. Always a possibility of more aggressive treatment if the conservative measures don't help
SEVERE Need for stronger medications. The requirement for surgery may be necessary