Patient Comments: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Experience

Please describe your experience with lumbar spinal stenosis.

Comment from: Ann, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I had a hip replacement in March 2014. I had the surgery with a spinal block and no sedation. The anesthetists tried five times to inject the spinal block but couldn't find a space. They said they would try once more, if not I would have to have a general anesthesia. They put the sixth one higher up on my back and it worked. Since my operation I have developed lumbar spinal stenosis, cannot walk far without getting out of breath, I'm extremely stiff, sometimes my body feels as if it's in a vice. I've recently been offered steroid injection in the bone on my right hip to see if that could be the problem. I have declined that because I have a history of allergies. I have had eight sessions of acupuncture and physiotherapy. I wonder if this condition will get better with time. I don't know if it has been caused by the spinal block or the hip replacement which was on my left hip. My main problem for lack of movement is on the right side, I have to lie on my back to sleep as my body is so stiff, I can hardly maneuver. I also have disc degeneration on L4 and L5. I have always been so active, and just want to get back to my normal active self. The hip replacement stopped the awful pain, but there was a slight leg discrepancy which was finally put right. That stopped my recovery for quite a few months. My surgeon said I wouldn't need a raise in my shoe, which I should have had from the beginning.

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Comment from: Lynda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

Now that I am aware of lumbar spinal stenosis and had to answer a series of questions from my doctor, I've realized I actually started with sciatic pain at age 8; my mom called it growing pains. Through the years it flared up occasionally but not badly enough to inhibit activity but for a day or so. Fast forward to 10 years ago and the pain has increased in intensity and frequency to constant. It is now just constant pain in one side of my buttock muscle. Sitting is very helpful but I'm gaining weight in my middle as I am in too much pain to do much walking or standing. Ibuprofen has been helping but not so much anymore. I'm getting my first epidural this week. I hope it helps! I don't have big expectations though. This is as frustrating as I have been physically active my whole life. From what I've read, I don't think I want surgery that the doctor has suggested.

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Comment from: Janice, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I was diagnosed with degenerative bone disease in the late 80s. I have lumbar spinal stenosis and sciatica. Currently I take tramadol 50 mg twice a day as needed for pain and stiffness with a nausea medication. It works, however, I found out that in my case physical therapy works! I am not a candidate for surgery, and truthfully speaking, I have not met anyone that has had the surgery for whom it improved the quality of their lives. I also apply heat to my back, moist heat seem to work better. Massages will help too.

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Comment from: PEEPS, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 02

I have lumbar spinal stenosis, with a bulging disc and some scoliosis. Doctors say I need a fusion for my back, and double knee replacement. My feet are numb, I have edema and now I am starting to have problems with incontinence. I started to have a lot of pain in my shoulder with pain radiating down my arms to my fingertips, but it moves around sometimes it is in my neck, sometimes in my hips and a lot of the time in my legs causing cramps and tightened hamstrings. I have to walk with a cane, my gait is very unsteady. I have terrible sinusitis, headaches and pain in my eyeballs. I was diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency which after reading a great deal about it discovered that every one of these problems can be caused by vitamin D deficiency. I am not saying that everyone's problems can be caused by a D deficiency but getting a blood test for it couldn't hurt if it will alleviate some of your pain. Many doctors are just beginning to learn about the healing powers of vitamin D at the right dosages. Many felt that we got enough in the food that we ate or that we got enough sun to benefit us. Now however they are finding that age, where you live, or how you live, are you a shut in, do you rarely go outside, due to age or sickness, etc. It has a great deal to do with the amount of D in your systems. Doctors are in the habit of thinking 400 units of D is enough now they know that 5000 units is an average and can give you up to 50,000 a day or week if severely deficient. Take some time to read up on this vitamin which isn't really a vitamin but more like a hormone, it is far reaching in its health benefits. It takes time to see the effects, it can be 6 months to 2 years. If you are heavy like I am, you need 2 to 3 times as much because it is fat soluble. Insist that your doctor test you, because this is one test that they tend to overlook or don't connect the dots. I hope this helps someone; it sure is helping me. I happen to be older but that doesn't matter it affects both young and old, age is irrelevant.

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