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stenosis and numbness

I am curious to see if anyone else experiences stenosis like myself. I had a compression wedge fracture of t12 and a fracture of t11 when I was 15 (1993) as a result a 6 level fusion of t9-l2.. for the past 9 years I get irritation along my spinal column causing random numb spots from the belly down.. They are in shapes identical to a nerve chart.. The could be on my stomach, thigh, buttock, ankle, etc.. My most recent episode was 2 weeks ago and was accompanied by stabbing shooting pains around the numb spot. This was probably the worst one. Most times I take anti inflammatories and the spots disappear in a few days. This time around, Solu Medrol seemed to do the trick.. I know they saw osteophytes 4 years ago so my Dr ordered another MRI which I will have on Thursday.
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  • LizLiz Posts: 8,964
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  • rehannazrehannaz Posts: 2
    edited 04/20/2013 - 9:33 PM
    Symptoms of spinal stenosis include the follow and vary from patient .Spinal stenosis may cause numbness weakness burning sensations tingling and pins and needles in the arms.

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  • Sorry for the idoit that has put that post, lets get back to yours i suffer from stenosis but i have it in my right arm and hand tumb , my two legs from the knee down and both feet. My surgerys started in 2007 on my C spine it comes and goes its not there all the time, it comes the more my body becomes tired its just some thing i have come to live with , but i have spinal cord damage at 3 different levels of my spine so i am sure things might not be as bad as you think hopefully , the doctors are the one with all the answers you think thay have not always got it wright with me but God is good.Takecare
  • MaritaMMarita Posts: 6
    edited 04/20/2013 - 10:21 AM
    Can you tell me more about the surgeries you have had? Your symptoms sound similar to mine. How do you know you have spinal cord damage? Did you wait long before having surgery? My doctor is claiming I can wait, that my symptoms are not demanding surgery, however if I want he will do it. (Laminoplasty). I'm worried about waiting 'cause I understand that sugery's goal is to stop progression. Still, I am not going into this lightly.

    Thanks for your input!
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  • cjp1986ccjp1986 Posts: 42
    edited 06/19/2013 - 2:39 AM
    Please listen to your doc. Because once you have spinal surgery you will never be the same again. As you read on these boards most people continue to have some issues after surgery. Put it off as long as you can. I wish I had. The pain before surgery was nothing compared to the daily pain I suffer now. I have degenerative disc and spinal stenosis and scoliosis lumbar and thoracic. Also arthritis in spine. Had 2level spinal fusion September 2012 for spinal stenosis affecting nerve root. On June 3 2013; I had l3l4 lumbar decompression due to bone spurs growing in my l3l4 lumbar space. The surgeries caused nerve damage to my left leg so now I can walk only with a walker and suffer from leg pain daily relieved only with pain pills. So this is why I say wait as long as possible before you choose surgery. I am 56 years old and a registered nurse for28 years but now I am on disability and can no longer work. Good luck to you.
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