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Extremely Nervous About Stenosis Surgery

Hey everyone,

I found out today that after a year of endless PT, 3 spinal cortisone injections and lord knows how many pain medications, I was told today that conservative treatments simply aren't working for my spinal stenosis and 2 herniated discs (L4/5 and L3), and that surgery should be considered.

A lot of family and friends have also told me that time is likely come to consider surgery, because of how much pain I've been in, and how much it's destroyed the last year of my life (personal, work, etc).

I know deep down that I can't live with the deblitating pain any longer, but I'm extremely nervous about any type of surgery.

Im just looking for folks who've been through this with positive results. I know there's always risk with surgery, but looking this up online is just freaking me out more.



  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    If you weren't nervous, you wouldn't be normal. The trick is to accept that with the help of your medical professionals you have explored the options and know that the alternative is accepting the pain.

    You said that the pain has destroyed your life.  The surgery is the first or next step to getting your life back.  I put it off in hopes of finding an alternative, I wish that I had the surgery earlier because nerves are slow to heal.


    Read my story at Bruce - My Story
    ACDF C4-C5-C6-C7, and getting better every day
    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

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  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 688
    I am only speaking of my own personal experience and if sharing it can help others then that's what I'm going to do! With that said......

    I too have spinal stenosis (sit at a desk on a computer all day), herniated discs (same ones as you), sciatica, high hip, rotated pelvis, low shoulder, scoliosis. Over two years ago when I first started having sciatica I was set on NEVER having surgery. My wife and friends kept saying "maybe it's time to consider it", and I kept believing there was better way. I tried PT, then tried a program that focused on muscle balance therapy. No luck. A year later and on to chiropractic, along with another form of muscle balance therapy. One day I asked myself "if these are muscle balance exercises, then why do I only do them on one side?". So I became turned away from that type of therapy. After 8 months of chiropractic/muscle balance I was still at 100% pain. Keep in mind my pain had stricken me for over 20 months at this point. I then found postural alignment therapy, studied it and it all made complete sense so I put it into action (while continuing chiropractic). About two months after starting I quit chiropractic. Two months after that I am glad to yell that I am 99% pain free. I've truly been blessed to have found such an amazing method for my conditions. I continue to do some form of this therapy daily. Just did some this morning. I've done it all without any knives, laser's, injections, pills. I hope this helps you know that there is a way that is completely real and much more effective. I wish you well. 
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