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In June 2015 I had an L5/S1 fusion due to severe bilateral foraminal stenosis. Seemed to be improving for about 6 months, then started going downhill. Fast forward to today, I've lost my job, on Long Term Disability through my former employer, and applying for SSDI. About a month ago, I took a significant turn for the worse. Got a new MRI and the results state that I have "moderate foraminal stenosis due to hypertrophic bone encroachment". My pain clinic had said they would let me call in and discuss the results rather than having to wait for another appointment, but now they're telling me I need to make an appointment and bring in the CD of the MRI images. Earliest they can get me in is another month.
I'm frustrated. I'm sick of being in pain and spasming all the time, I'm 36 and out of a job and spending 90-95% of my day on the couch, and now I have an MRI that I don't understand and have to sit and wait. I've tried everything I know how....physical therapy, four different nerve medications before I said no more (side effects were awful), caudal epidural steroid injections, transforaminal injection (attempted, couldn't get through the scar tissue), Racz Catheter to try to break up the scar tissue, and spinal cord stimulator.
Sorry for the word vomit. I just needed to vent. I'm exhausted, hurting, and discouraged.
Has anyone else had to deal with "hypertrophic bone encroachment" causing stenosis? Any insights?