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Lumbar Stenosis..is it usual to get pain...

Greeting from New Zealand. I was diagnosed with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis in 2011. I was getting pain when walking, legs going numb and having to reach for my toes to relieve. I had a cortisone injection which lasted about 4 months and gave me relief. I am now at the stage of being woken up with the pain, in my hips, legs and under my knee caps!!! Does anyone else get any pain under their knee caps...it really hurts. I will approach my Doctor about getting another injection shortly and night time pain relief, one that will last for longer than 4 hours!


  • What's causing the stenosis? Loss of disc height or bone growth?
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,755


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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  • MrsRickPMMrsRickP Posts: 3
    edited 07/18/2014 - 11:01 AM
    Good morning, it a bit of both but mainly Arthritis in the gaps pressing on the nerves from both directions. Back in 2011 I did have a cortisone injection which did provide a bit of relief but I still had to bend over and reach for my toes to get any relief from numb legs when walking. If I do any sort of exercise I am in agony the next day. I have lost 60kg ( over 140lb) and it has allievated the symptoms a bit but they are still there. I just wish I could sleep for a decent amount of time before waking in pain!
  • ripplerripple Posts: 1
    edited 07/21/2014 - 8:13 AM
    Evening all i have just had Decompresion Surgery on my Lower Back in the last 2 weeks, l have Spinal Stenosis and Degenerative Disc Disease and L3/4 and L4/5 are affected but as its only my Left Leg that has been affected for the past 2yrs they worked on L4/5 only in the hope it would be enough, the surgery went well and i was home the next morning.
    my question is - my leg is still playing up with the aching and the pain as it was before i had the surgery but is that because the nerve has been trapped for 2 yrs and will take longer to regenerate itself or does it mean the surgery has not actually worked? i was warned it might not work and have to see the Consultant in 5weeks time but would like to gain as much info as poss before that, so any advice etc would be appreciated. Thanks
  • Thanks for your input and links on the subject. I am having terrible sleeps due to being woken up with pain. No back pain, just pain in the legs, hips, knee's etc. I will get to the Doctor next week and try and get some meds to take me right through the night. I have just started taking Ibuprofen (anti inflammatory) but its not long lasting so I wake up once it has run out. I will also request having another Epidural. How long do people take off work when they have had the Decompression, over here in New Zealand they recommend 6 weeks...I cant keep still for that amount of time :)
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