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cervical and lumbar stenosis... new symptoms and I'm scared to death!
Hi all... I'm Debbie, and I am new here, but not new to back problems. I'm 48 and have back problems since I was in my late 20's. My lower back would go out on me on a regular basis. As time went on I learned what I could and could not do in order to avoid an incident. As the years went on, things got worse. I had been seeing a chiropractor and it helped for a few years and then my back would no longer hold an adjustment. My doctor finally sent me to an Orthopedic surgeon. I had MRI's, CT scans, X rays, etc. Finally being diagnosed with degenerative spinal arthritis, and then later leading to cervical and lumbar stenosis. I have been getting all the injections in my facet joints in my neck and also in my lumbar spine.
So this is where I am now. I have gradually been noticing numbness and heaviness and severe weakness in both legs, this morning I woke around 3 am and my symptoms are suddenly much worse. I am having what feels like lightening strikes to my legs, I know its the nerves being smothered from the stenosis. I was sure I was going to the hospital and was going to be paralyzed from the waist down. I called my ortho docs office to get the answering service so I could talk to the doc on call for this weekend. I told him of my symptoms and how much worse they are and he assured me that I would not be paralyzed. I had been taking Arthrotec for inflammation and pain, but stopped taking it because I have a sensitive stomach, and only took it when I really felt like I needed it.
Anyway... sorry to ramble so much, but I wantedto let you all know what is going on with me before I ask you all what you think might be going on. The doc on call told me to start on the Arthrotec asap andcontinue on it through the weekend, and assured me everything would be fine and my doctor would contact me first thing Monday morning.
I have never had any surgery on my back at all, just the cortisone injections.
I am scared out of my wits... can someone please tell me what I should do? What is happening, and what can I expect out of this?
The doctors tell me I will need a tri-level fusion in my lumbar spine, but I have been putting it off. Is my body telling me its time to do something about this now?! Any advice would be greatly appriciated...
Thanks for listening,