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Lumbar Stenosis

Hi I have had to neck fusions with the cage inserted. first 2006 then 2009 c5-c7. C5-6 I have spinal cord damge at this level and have problems that arise from this. Both ops I had no choice as I would of be paralysed if not. It and is difficult as I have SC damage which comes with its own pain and issues. I am now 41. I have issues with my lower back now also. Suffered 4 l4/5 disc prolapses, most recent one one month ago. L4/5 disc is virtually nothing left now and I can herniate it with ease by the smallest of actions. The great old NHS here in UK has now decided our GP`s can no longer refer a patient for an mri of the spine now so I have to wait to see a consultant (long wait) or pay myself for a scan to see what is going on at present. I know from previous scan I have spinal stenoisis at l4/5 S1 level . I have facet joint problems also I believe. The lumbar issue is my biggest problem now and tbh its been going on for 5 years now steadily getting worse. I have tried injections and physio but not much helps. I would like the disc removed tbh now as it is giving me leg pain and sitting pain also and the fact that it keeps prolapsing! But cannot get to see a specialist.Last time I seen a surgeon he said to get your mind to accept the pain and deal with it :0.

Does any one on here suffer with stenosis ? if so what treatments have you had?? recommend surgery?? etc


  • What matters is the location, either the foramen (where the nerve roots exit, at each level of the vertebra), or central canal (called the thecal sac), and the severity of the narrowing, which determines the treatment.
    It can range from physical therapy, to injections, and if it is severe enough, can possibly lead to surgery if the stenosis is causing the nerve roots or the thecal sac to be compromised . Stenosis by itself doesn't always mean that the nerves are compromised, if it is mild.
    The only way to know is through proper testing, MRI, CT scan , emg testing and in some cases CT myelogram may be needed to diagnose suspected nerve related compression.

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