Spinal Stenosis

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Chartreux
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   Posted 2/20/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I was told I have Osteoarthritis last October and yesterday had a discogram and cat scan of my lower back, the discogram was negative but the cat scan showed narrowing of my spinal canal -- Spinal Stenosis . I did not have a positive blood tests results for RA. Anyone else here have spinal stenosis? It maninly effects my back and left leg. How do you manage with spinal stenosis and anyone have surgery? Just wondering any help would be nice. My pain management doctor is supposed to call me back later today. I also have Asthma, allergies, gerd, ddd with the osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis.
Sorry don't intend anything rude

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SnowyLynne
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   Posted 2/20/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband had Spinal Stenosis,& had surgery 11 yrs ago,& he's doing great.He can still out walk me.........
SnowyLynne


Chartreux
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   Posted 2/22/2007 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you SnowyLynne it was very nice of you to reply and I wish your husband continued success. For me right now my Doctor is going try some more injections ( Facet nerve blocks ) , I'm really looking forward to some relief pain level is about 7 to 8 most of the time. thank you and lots of (((Soft HUGZ))) to everyone.

thegirls2
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   Posted 2/23/2007 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I was recently diagnosed with spinal stenosis and Degenerative joint disease. I get terrible back pain and i have really bad numbness and weakness in my right leg. I am going march 9th to see a neurosurgeon. Im really scared about surgery but if thats what it comes to I guess ill manage. Right now I am doing physical therapy 2 days a week. But it doesnt really help. I usually come out feeling worse. I just wish this whole nightmare would end. I am in excruciating pain from about the time i wake up till i go to bed. I am a 24 year old mother of two very young children and this has affected my life in such a big way. I hope I get some answers from someone one day. I also hope that you will find help for yours i know how painful it is.

CRZ49
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   Posted 11/17/2010 4:35 AM (GMT -7)   
So, how is everybody doing?

Corri
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swon888
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   Posted 11/18/2010 12:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have spinal stenosis, but I have ankylosing spondylitis, the fusion of the back bone. I had been on Remicade for years and it's been working great, you might want to think about these medications before going under the knife for surgery. Talk to your doctor about it, because there are a number of TNF medications out there such as Remicade, Enbrel, Humira, simponi etc.

my 2 sense are if you can avoid surgery, why not. also, if you can think of some natural supplements to help repair your joints and take a lot of calcium.

CRZ49
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   Posted 11/18/2010 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm going to research those drugs, thanks. I have OTHER spinal issues in which these drugs may help, but I HAVE to "go under the knife"...I saw my MRI and my spinal cord has almost NO room, explaining the reason I have no feeling in my feet, and my thighs "freeze" when I walk...but I appreciate you mentioning these meds.

Corri
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CRZ49
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   Posted 11/18/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
To "thegirls2"...

I went the PT route and also came out feeling worse.

I'm having surgery the 29th of this month. It's a laminectomy, my second one.

If you HAVE to have surgery, please don't be afraid. I'm told I'll probably go home the next day with a small bandage on the incision. My weight lifting restriction will be a gallon of milk...for a month....my friend had one and experienced immediate relief.

I was supposed to have screws put in to stabilize my spine, but I declined; I'm not in a position to have anyone stay with me, as that requires a little more recovery period...and I'm NOT staying in a nursing home!

Keep us posted, please,

Gentle hugs,
Corri
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Chartreux
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   Posted 11/18/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh wow, this old post surface again...
well the bloodwork still doesn't show anything but my MRI's of my hands did show RA.
My back issues I still have I'm not a candidate for surgery yet, but might try
a newer procedure next year as I'll have a newer insurance, but hopefully
it'll not be denied this time around..
All new posters please start a new thread and introduce your self's a bit...
Corri would welcome your posting over in the Chronic Pain forum as more back issues are talked about over there
and could help ya out a whole lot better, sorry about having to do another Laminectomy, will
hope this works out better than your first one and give you better relief.
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CRZ49
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   Posted 11/20/2010 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll have to find the Chronic Pain forum.....thanks.....

I'm sorry to hear you have RA in your hands...I have osteoarthritis....whichever kind there is, IT HURTS!

Re: chat....I didn't even know it existed, and stupid ol' me doesn't have a CLUE how to get there!

I also should change my signature to indicate all my goofy health issues....

Corri
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CRZ49
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   Posted 11/20/2010 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll have to find the Chronic Pain forum.....thanks.....

I'm sorry to hear you have RA in your hands...I have osteoarthritis....whichever kind there is, IT HURTS!

Re: chat....I didn't even know it existed, and stupid ol' me doesn't have a CLUE how to get there!

I also should change my signature to indicate all my goofy health issues....

Corri
When all else fails, eat a cookie!

Chartreux
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   Posted 2/8/2011 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Verno, I want to say hello and thank you for responding to my post.
However this is an older posting, and I was dx'd with Spinal stenosis in my 30's
possible the result from my car accident that I was in in 1997, in the ER the doctor
said I had sprained the whole left side of my spine, and it's hurt since. but yeah usually,
Spinal Stenosis is dx in older people, however sometimes children are born with it.
Nice to meet you, Hope you'll post about yourself an intro and come visit us in chat sometime.
Thanks for trying to help. I'm in Pain Management now...
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tapsee
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   Posted 2/15/2011 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Epidural injections. An injection of cortisone into the space outside the dura (the epidural space) can temporarily relieve symptoms of spinal stenosis. While injections can seldom be considered curative, these spinal stenosis treatments can alleviate the pain in about 50% of cases. Up to three injections over a course of several months can be tried. Although they are not considered diagnostic in and of themselves, generally, if the pain caused by spinal stenosis is relieved by an epidural steroid injection, then the patient can also be expected to have a good result if they later choose to have spinal stenosis surgery.

Post Edited By Moderator (SydneyJo) : 2/16/2011 12:44:33 AM (GMT-7)


BadDay
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   Posted 2/16/2011 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi i have Cervical Spondolosis and Degenerative Disc Disese constantly rupuring Discs in L2-4 and the Neck well if i look up i go Dizzy and have to hold something or pass out - blood gets cut off - i spent 3 Months Yes Months Flat on Back last year when i did the 2 lower discs and lost All Movement in Lower limbs then another 2 rehabing to use a walker,now it is back to normal but i have to be very careful no long drives in car that compreses it no twisting etc,i can't have surgery as i have Osteoporosis in Back and it would be at risk of crumbeling Fun ha, i hear there is both Good and Bad with surgery anyway,but tell ya if i could have it i'd take that risk the pain is just Too Bad.
pos.RF Rhumatoid Arthritis 17Yrs.(that is Diagnosed-but had symptoms since teenage) Possible Lupus, Asthma,Osteoperosis,back bisc colapses,Diabetes,Heart svt etc ,etc.
Cimzia, Metheltrexate,Tramal 200mg(twice Day),Prednisone,Diabex,etc,etc /

Post Edited (BADDAY) : 2/17/2011 6:12:21 PM (GMT-7)

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