One thing that you might want to consider is that the lack of physical excercise, is going to lead to flare ups, at least until you build up some strength and endurance again.
Start small, walking a shorter distance inside your home, building up to several times per day, do leg lifts, ankle stretches and excercises using large rubber bands or tennis balls, even towels, several times a day.
Find a local YWCA or physical therapy place that has aqua therapy classes. The warm water, combined with swimming and pool weights results in strengthening, and at the same time, eases pain.Especially arthritis pain.
The lack of regular exercise and stretching leads to muscle wasting and atrophy, stiffening and more pain from lack of use. It needs to be regular, smaller distances until you build up some strength and endurance, before you start walking down the block.
DDD is a huge misnomer, if anyone was sent for an MRI, and they are over the age of 21, they will show a "diagnosis" of DDD somewhere in their spine. It is not a disease, like diabetes or heart disease. It is something that occurs naturally in our spines as we age. The discs don't have their own hydration systems, so over decades, the discs loose a tiny amount of hydration, kind of like a jelly doughnut....at first, it's fresh, soft, the jelly is soft, pliant.....if you leave the jelly doughnut sitting on the counter, eventually the jelly will thicken, get hard as the moisture evaporates....this is DDD.
Stenosis means narrowing....in your spine it is a narrowing of either the spinal canal or the foramen, where the nerve roots exit the canal. What is important with stenosis is the severity of it, and the
location, along with any cord or nerve root compression. Stenosis by itself can be very, very mild,
but not causing any issues with the cord or nerve roots,to very severe where it blocks off the cord containing the nerves , or pinches off the nerve roots.
With Schuerrmans , again it comes down to how bad it is, or isn't.
As far as getting an MRI goes, the table and machine are made to accomodate all heights, that's the reason the sliding section of the table is so long, to move your body in and out of the tube. They can sedate you if the pain is too much to lay still during the scan.
It sounds to me like you have been seeing a primary care doctor for these medications. They aren't exactly the right doctors to diagnose, let alone offer the best options to treat spine or ortho issues.
Going to see a board certified spine surgeon more often than not, doesn't result in surgery, but they are the best option to make the right referrals and treatment options.
This request for new testing and consults could be a very good thing, with the right doctors, to get you into places that can offer you more options than sitting and eventually giving up on your ability to stay on your feet.
Some of us won't have that option due to our own serious spine issues and if your situation is treatable, I encourage you to fight for staying on your feet as long as possible by doing everything you can to get proper treatment.
Post Edited (mrsm123) : 1/23/2016 8:59:32 AM (GMT-7)