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Reaching Feet with Lumbar Stenosis

Julie108JJulie108 Posts: 11
edited 04/19/2017 - 1:14 AM in Spinal Stenosis
Hi Everyone,
      I have Lumbar Stenosis resulting from L5 bulging disc and facet joint arthritis, S1 nerve being effected. I also have sacroillitis. I have been avoiding bending for 1 year, because it seems to always flare up the pain. Now I can't reach my feet at all and can't even lift my foot onto my leg. Does anyone else have this same experience? I'm afraid to try to start bending again, as I don't want it to flare up. Is this something that just happens with stenosis and arthritis? Im only 34 and my lower back and legs are extremely stiff, even after doing stretches every day. 


  • Sorry L5 Bulging Disc, not bulb
  • memerainboltmmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 1,794
    Hello Julie108

    That's ok about the typo, we all do it lol.
    I also have spinal stenosis but mine if through out the spine along with arthritis and 4 bulging disc. I do not bend or twist and haven't in a long time. And I won't. I've learned to bend at the knees and spin on my heels instead of twisting. It's just not worth it.

    Are you see any kind of doctor or specialist for this?

    You mentioned exercises every day but are you walking a lot? Walking is one of the best things you can do for your back. Even though it hurts I walk a lot during the day. Something else I do several times a day is lean over my dinning room table, gently stretch my arms out in front of me. I will stay like that a few minutes, get up and do it again. This helps me more than anything.

    But exercises are something you need to go over with your doctor also.

    Please keep us posted and take care.
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  • Thanks for responding memerainbolt, so sorry you are going through this too! I know what you're saying, I feel the same way that it's not even worth the risk of reinjury to try to bend again. I have been to many doctors over the last 2 1/5 years, it took a long time to actually find out what it was. I've been to 3 physical therapists and have had SI Joint shots and also lumbar nerve block shots. I asked the doctor about bending and she said just do what you can, but I didn't feel like she really knew if it would be good or not. I do walk alot, I also feel it helps. Thanks for the table stretch idea, I'll give it a try. The only thing that seems to help is to avoid bending, lifting, standing and sitting for too long. Otherwise it just flares up more. I hope you can find healing too!
  • memerainboltmmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 1,794
    Hi Julie 108

    I assume you are trying to avoid surgery. And if you are, then no bending or lifting, as you said.
    I had a pain pump implanted Jan 19th and everything was fine, I was even off all the oral meds. Then, in the middle of March all the pain comes back with a vengeance. My PM doctor is still increasing the doses in the pump but it is not helping.
    I go back to see him May 8th. Before we talk more meds I want to know what is causing this. I can live with the why, just not the not knowing.

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