Patient Comments: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Experience

Please describe your experience with lumbar spinal stenosis.

Comment from: Bassman, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 17

I am 53 years old. I have had two back surgeries and now I do good to walk period. Pain is the game so to speak. I had no space between my bones in my back on l4 l5 so they fused them and put in cages. I hurt most of the time but feel lucky hearing some of these stories and I know I am getting worse. I am taking codeine and Neurodin and Ultram and still hurt all the time. Surgery only helped a few years but hopefully I can keep walking to the car anyway.

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Comment from: Keith Bond, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 17

I am a 54 year old male, with a sedentary occupation. I have lumbar spinal stenosis, and have had epidural injections three times, and nerve ablations twice. These treatments are temporary palliatives, and nothing more. I vary my medicine intake, with lots of Advil, Tylenol, Tramadol with Tylenol, Lyrica, Soma, Flexeril, and I think that's about it. These provide temporary relief, also. I am greatly wary of any surgical approach, even laser. I understand complications of scar tissue formation happen even with laser techniques.

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Comment from: wpk, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 17

After reading the various comments there is no question that I have Spinal Stenosis. I have had a bone scan, MRI plus other tests and cannot get anyone to come up with a diagnosis. Extreme difficulty walking. In less then a year my walking has gone down to less then 100 ft. Extreme pain and swelling in both legs. I have tried cortisone plus other medications with no help pain is severe and constant. Surgery appears as only option left.

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Comment from: trans martha, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I am a 79-year-old healthy female with severe lumbar spinal stenosis at L4-5. I had epidural steroid injection with little relief. I had very little back pain, mostly leg pain. I had a laminotomy three years ago which relieved the leg pain. I still have very little pain but have extreme difficulty walking. Using a shopping cart makes it easier. Recent MRI shows more stenosis at L3-4 than MRI three years ago. I feel the difficulty walking is from previous damage prior to surgery and that more surgery probably would not help this problem.

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Published: July 30

I am a 55 year old male. I have been playing softball and pickle ball for the past 2 years. Recently, I have been experiencing pains in my left hip and buttocks. I thought it was caused by playing these sports. I suffered these terrible pains for about 4 days until I went to the emergency room because I could no longer stand the pain. I have been diagnosed with Stenosis after an MRI and CAT scan. I will be undergoing treatment with injections of cortisone shortly and will report back results of the treatment.

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