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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone. Glad to have found this forum. I recently had xrays, and then MRI because of severe bilateral leg pain and back pain. I have spinal stenosis at L4/5 and L5/S1 with involvment of downgoing nerve roots. Exit foraminal stenosis at L4/5 bilaterally as well as at L5/S1 on the left. There is also a far lateral disc herniation at L3/4 on the right. I am in a lot of pain, and the pain meds are not making much of a difference.
I am terrified of surgery. ~X(


  • welcome to spine-health..
  • Welocme to the site,,,, Surgery is very scary, but you may not need it, has the doc said you would need it ? Maybe some more conservative approach ? I would suggest getting more than one opinion too. I am sorry you are in pain, but you are at the right place to find info, and hear of others experience. Again, welcome to sh
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  • Both doctor and neurosurgeon have said that there is a real danger of losing bladder and bowel control if I dont have the surgery. I am tryiing for a third opinion, but difficult to find another neurosurgeon at this time of the year.
  • Cora, dayum, sorry to hear that, then they could be right, surgery in needed sooner than later, ,,, there are many who have had lumbar sugery here, same with great results, just remember that many ppl after getting well again, kinda drop away from the site, and go on with thier new life, but some do stay, and share the good stories,,, A big HUG to you
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,349

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    Its normal to be scared about surgery, if you werent you wouldnt be normal. Spinal surgery, especially Lumbar procedures have come a long way. Surgeons have perfected the techniques to the point where many patients can leave the hospital in a couple of days and return to work in a month.
    Thats all great when it is for some one else, but what about when its you! Still no difference, just make sure you havfe trust and confidence in your surgeon and that you know the hospital in which your surgery will be done.
    A major part of this entire spinal process includes the recovery period after surgery. The doctor did their part, the hospital did theirs, and know it will be up to you to make sure you do all the right things during your recovery period.
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  • Ron, so well said, thank you, you always have a way with words
  • Do review your meds with your Doctor. Tell them how long the med helps and when it wears off. I had to get more meds 8 months after the intial back pain. My Dr. doubled my pain meds. Also are you seeing a pain management Dr. for injections to help? Take care and see you around the posts. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Very well said. Welcome to SH Cora!
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