Wasn't sure where to light because you name the back condition, I have it: Spinal stenosis, scoliosis, spondy,degeneration,bone spurs. And these are from neck to tail bone.
For two years I've suffered first mid-back pain, then, and more severely, nerve pain in areas of my left hip and leg that vary from flare up to flare up. I literally couldn't walk due to thigh pain for a couple of months last winter. Several epidurals, pt, therapeutic massage and a variety of drugs, plus time, I guess, brought me back well enough to make a trip to Europe in May and to walk (stroll) city streets for hours at a time.
Unfortunately, about a month ago, the pain came back, I don't know why. This time it's up and down both sides of my thigh, my left hip and my knee. It was excrutiating at first, and has plateued for a couple of weeks to just moderate pain walking, and worse pain lying in bed at night.
I'm back on neurontin, less than I took last winter because it was making me feel mentally ill, but still enough to lower the pain some. Also, I take Tylenol pretty regularly.
The slightest exercise brings on the burning pain.
The idea of surgery on my back terrifies me because for every success story and read and hear about, there are many who are worse of after surgery.
I'm running out of ideas, and I am depressed at the thought that I am becoming an enfeebled old lady facing an almost homebound future.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. I know you all have suffered as I have, and I wish the best for you.