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Spinal Stenosis

nrgnnrg Posts: 2
edited 02/03/2016 - 10:41 PM in Spinal Stenosis
I am a 71 yr old who has spinal stenosis. In 2011 I had a microdesectomy for a piece of disc that broke off and was pressing on a nerve. I had lots of pain radiating from my right hip into my groin.

It happened when I was bailing water out of my basement. The surgery was successful but the spinal stenosis has been slowly getting worse.

I fell asleep in a chair this summer and ended up on the floor. I believe this "pushed me over the edge."

Before that my lower back would hurt sometimes in the morning but a hot bath would help and bending forward hurt. I noticed I was moving less and less and my hips hurt if I walked too much or stood too much.

After I fell my pain escalated. An MRI showed a small herniation and a progression of the spinal stenosis from moderate to severe at level L4 and L5. The pain was shooting down the side of my left leg into my ankle and on the right side it was mostly in my hip and at times my lower back hurt. It got so bad that I could no longer sleep on my back or left side. I was taking Tylenol every 6hours which helped a little but my pain was between a 7 and 9.

About 3 weeks ago I had a cortisone injection in my back. My pain is almost gone. I am getting a little intermittent pain now and then.
The pain Dr. told me I will probably have to have surgery on L4 and L5 for the spinal stenosis and the cortisone shot will only "buy me some time."

My problem right now. Even though I am eating very little, is my stomach has gotten huge. I have never had a flat stomach but both my midrif and stomach are so big, I look like I am 4 months pregnant.

I found some comments on line regarding others with this problem. I don't think I want another cortisone shot and I am thinking I will have to have the surgery sooner than later. Anyone else have this problem with their stomach getting big. My appetite has not increased and I have lost about 4 or 5 pounds but not in my stomach.

Looking for solutions. Any suggestions?


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I am about to get my 5th steroid injection Tuesday. I had lost a lot of weight because of the pain, and now all the weight I put on is going straight to my stomach first. For me it is still much preferable than the pain.
    All questions and answers are given from a personal perspective only. I have congenital stenosis from C4-C7, and T7-S1. I am actively being seen my by doctor and following his advice. I strongly suggest that you do the same.
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