Patient Comments: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Experience

Please describe your experience with lumbar spinal stenosis.

Comment from: Teddy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I am 54 and developed severe lumbar spinal stenosis very quickly. I have severe (unbearable) pain when standing longer than about 5 minutes, and the same with walking. I also experience numbness and tingling down one leg and foot, which is getting worse. After consultations with a spinal specialist, I am going for surgery as soon as possible. This is no way to live. Also, after experiencing recent air travel (long distances in airports), I am opting to use a wheelchair for walking outside the home. It seems the only practical solution for maintaining mobility.

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Comment from: D, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 03

I have suffered from lumbar spinal stenosis for 5 to 7 years, the past 2 years being progressively worse in terms of a burning sciatica sensation down my left leg. In November 2014 I decided to have the MILD (minimally invasive lumbar decompression) procedure on L4/L5. At first I was ecstatic as the burning was gone, and flexibility and strength were returning. I was hoping it was from the MILD procedure and not the cortisone that was injected. Approximately 6 weeks after the procedure the burning has started. It is different than before, in some ways not as severe as before and in some ways more severe particularly when I wake up in the morning. I also can't lay on my left side very long as the pain increases. I am interested in others' experiences with MILD or what has helped them with their stenosis.

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Comment from: Anthon, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 21

I am 58 years old and have been suffering from severe back pain for 30 months. I have been diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis. I have taken strong painkillers which had no effect. I am currently taking 50 mg morphine, Oramorph, pregabalin, naproxen and paracetamol. Last week I opted for an operation.

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Comment from: Bobby, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 21

I am nearly 79 years old and have had spinal problems since I first injured the lumber area doing gymnastics in 1961. I was not treated for 9 months; just given pain killers. I ended up in hospital for a month, 2 weeks on traction, 2 weeks on my back, then 11 weeks in a plaster cast from chin to crotch. I was then fitted with a steel reinforced corset which I wore for 2 years. Fortunately I had done remedial gymnastics and at the end of an extremely painful period of self-physiotherapy I threw the corset away and went back to sports and gymnastics. I injured discs in my cervical region felling trees with an axe. A chiropractor cured that but I now need continual treatment to relieve the pain. When I was about 68 my back problems started to return and over a period of years I had 4 lots of epidurals injection in my back. These provided temporary relief for up to 9 months. I can no longer have these due to other medications. Some years ago a consultant said I could have noninvasive surgery. I am now told no chance, too expensive.

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Comment from: dawlinInVa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I am 56 year old female with history of upper back problems. Osteo and disc degeneration runs in the family. I had my first cervical surgery at age 26, and C3-C7 fused in 2004 with great results. I have had lower back pain for last 4 years and have dismissed it to getting older and putting on weight. I had MRI done and just learned today T-1, L1-L5, and S1 are bulging and have spinal stenosis. Wow. Maybe I waited too long. Seeing a spine specialist in my area in couple of weeks. Don't wait if you are in pain.

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Comment from: BadBack4Life, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I had my first back problem at 17. I have had many surgeries, therapies, procedures for the past 30 years. At age 49 I was finally properly diagnosed with congenital spinal stenosis. I am missing several discs and my surgeons say my vertebrae have rubbed away so much my pain sensors are gone. I do not have much pain anymore, but I do get dizzy and pass out due to the pressure on my spinal cord. When that starts happening I have to have surgery or I will die, according to my doctors. I have times when standing or sitting is impossible, so I move my body a lot. I have stenosis in every level of my spine. I had a spinal cord brain injury due to this condition, but I consider myself lucky to be alive (I almost died twice this year). I exercise every day, do not use drugs (use opiates only for a short time after surgery), watch my diet and weight, and try to swim as often as I am able to. I do my physical therapy daily and plan my day around my spine issue.

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