Hello, I just want to see if anyone has had a situation similar to mine. I have been experiencing weakness and numbness in my legs, more intense in the left leg, for about 8 months. Outside of the arthritis, disc problems, an impinged nerve, and spinal stenosis I'm doing ok. I never thought that I would be in this situation at 61 years of age!
I have been in PT for 8 weeks, it has helped me gain some core strength. I had an epidural 6 weeks ago. This too helped, but I still had some numbness in both feet.
I do not have sharp pain, many times just a dull ache in the lumbar area. I use a TENS unit, ice, and heat to keep any pain in check. But this problem is greatly hindering my job and many of the things I used to do, because I am unable to stand in a stationary position. When I do stand, it seems as if my legs are just going dead and grow weak. It helps to keep moving.
My MRI read as follows:
Severe spondylitic changes (of the lumbar spine are noted with significant neural foraminal compromise at several levels.
This is most pronounced at the L3-L4 where there is a broad left foraminal extrusion which impingement the exiting left L3 nerve.
Centrally spinal stenosis is most pronounced at the L4-L5 where there is a broad extrusion creating mild to moderate stenosis. Severe neural foraminal narrowing bilaterally is present at this level.
I am carrying on with the exercises that I did in Physical Therapy, riding my recumbent exercise bike daily, and trying to lose 15-20 lbs. I need to strengthen my legs.
Some tell me that I need to have surgery and get my problem taken care of. Others tell me to avoid surgery at all costs. I was sent to an orthopedic spinal surgeon, he recommends a conservative approach and to get 2 more epidurals before I proceed. This is the approach that I plan to take. By the way, it would involve lumbar fusion surgery.
I would like to hear from anyone who may have gone down this road before, or may have some good advice.