Having Spinal Stenosis,Degenerative Disk Disease,Spondylosis,Bulging disks, Epidural Lipomatosis,and a host of other pain problems...my heaviest concern is the SEL (Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis)and previous Cervical Discectomy 2 level w/fusion, now creating more DDD, I want to 'try' to find out the results of anyone having surgery for the SEL (Spinal Epidural Lipomatosis)as it is very,very rare especially in women...which I am one! I cannot get any consistancy of diagnosis,and/or what to do regarding having this problem..just Physical Therapy, which does not get rid of the problem, or more steroid injections,what if I read from the Duke Website,Harvard,Mayo,and all the other very renowned professional hospital/university sites,the it 'might'be possible that 'steroids' are a possible cause, and obesity being another one. But,since no clinical studies are available or limited at the least,it seems that all spine specialist either shy away from it or just plainly don't want to confront the problem at all. Since I am a 72 yr. old woman, youngish and in other good health,I think I give a false impression of being 'okay'..though I am not,I am in pain 24/7,not just from the SEL but from numerous other diagnosed spinal problems...so what is the answer...more hydrocodone..I try to limit 3X a day, 500mg. though I can take up to 3000mg. I am trying to limit that med. Thanks for any info.