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Hi everyone! I'm new here and it's my mum who had lumbar spinal stenosis. I'm very concerned about her condition and after a recent visit can't stop worrying even more.
She developed initial symptoms just over a year ago and it started with a strange "foot slapping" gait and has progressed every since despite her doing physical therapy, eating a healthy diet (which she always has) etc. Now she can barely walk and fell over slamming hard onto the ground twice in two days just this week which was really scary. She said she tripped over her feet. She's also v clumsy now and feels extreme weakness all over so even simple everyday tasks are proving difficult. She has a digestive system disorder too which isn't helping as she to deal with that too and she is also very thin. Prior to the stenosis kicking in she was v physically active so it's very surreal to see her like this. She uses a stick outdoors though can't even get outdoors much now.
My mum is scheduled to have spinal decompression surgery v soon - I've been reading up a lot and read v mixed things I'm really confused. I've read it's successful in restoring at least some mobility in 70% or so of people but then read things in forums and other places that most people who have surgery end up worse/ regret it. At the same time I can see that if it progresses much further then she'll most likely end up wheelchair bound.
If anyone can help shed any light I'd be so grateful.