Patient Comments: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your lumbar spinal stenosis?

Comment from: Dee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I've been in pain for a year now. I was just recently diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis. It's hard for me to work. My feet, legs and lumbar region hurt. I've tried physical therapy and it's painful. I'm only 48 years old. This has affected me mentally, physically, and emotionally. I used to be very active. I can't do what I used to do. My neurologist is suggesting a rhizotomy.

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Comment from: Grumpy Old Man, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 10

I have spinal stenosis for 10 years and yes it is awful. My pain started locally then spread to my (bi-lateral) legs over the years, including pain and numbness. I lack the ability to walk more than 5 minutes. In the recent past I have soiled myself as I could not hold my bowel, it just let loose without warning. Although when I do get steroid Injections they work great for me for about 6 months each time.

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Comment from: geogio, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 14

I wonder if lumbar spinal stenosis can affect one leg only; I have no numbness, just pain in buttock and tingling that shoots down below knee and to the large toe in the right leg only. My physiotherapist says I have stenosis and my chiropractor says I have piriformis. This pain started in my lower back one night after butterfly swimming.

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Comment from: Me, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

I was just diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis (L1 - L5). Because of my age surgery has not been an option, I had a neck fusion of C4, C5, C6, and C7 with plates and rods. Now I'm looking at C2 and C3 going bad because of the prior neck fusion. I have lost 1 inch in height. My pain management is reclining in recliner, tramadol and Flexeril, I just started Neurontin and it has been great for my pain. I had to quit taking Tylenol due to liver problems. I'm 42 and can't live alone, need to depend on others to care for me.

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Comment from: Danilo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 12

Dec. 2011 - I recently have an MRI due to severe pain on my lower back that radiates from my buttocks all the way down to both legs when I start walking. The pain gets worse when prolonged standing but gets relieved by sitting with a slightly bend forward. The MRI shows a lumbar spinal stenosis between L3 and L4, L4 and L5 and S. The symptoms started sometime in September 2011 and did not mention to the doctor until Dec. of last year. Symptoms are progressing and I was advised to see my previous neurosurgeon that operated my first and second cervical spinal stenosis 10 years ago. The surgery 10 years ago was a success and hoping that my lumbar stenosis surgery will be as well.

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Comment from: Kmem, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I'm 58 and was diagnosed with Lumbar Stenosis via an MRI. I also have ruptured discs. Sometimes the pain is really intense in my neck, back, legs. Twice from the ruptured discs I reinjured and had to lay in bed for 2 months-- crawling on the floor, couldn't walk or sit up. Slowly got back to health by physical therapy: electrical stimulation (stops spasms/pain) massage after some recovery and then slow swimming, floating. I got addicted to vicodin in order to survive work and numbness, imbalance, arm, leg shooting pain-- the whole bit including lack of sleep. Then I decided to cure myself or at least manage the pain. I now go to a fantastic chiropractor who uses electric stimulation, massage, some manipulations (if not pain) every week or ten days. I exercise (biking, swimming, some cardio and weights-- but STOP if there is any pain. And no plyometrics, jumping, etc. I am still in pain often but I am happy and able to work and play & enjoy life. I hope it will not get worse, to the point of immobility.

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Comment from: Disabled Vet, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 12

As of 12/10/11, I have Spinal Stenosis. I was diagnosed by the U of M doctors along w/ V.A doctors back in 2004. This all be a result of a bad wreck with my semi into a bridge guard-rail, and, also a couple of bad falls off my truck's flatbed trailer. I am now having loss of Bladder control and it is happening more frequently. Yesterday alone, it happened twice where I urinated on myself (glad I was home), but, it is very degrading and I feel like a freak. I get an instantaneous urge/warning I have to go, and, have inability to hold it back as in being normal. I think it's time to have this re-checked to see what all is going on. I also have herniated/slipped discs as well mainly in my Lumbar region, but, I also have disc issues in my T and C levels. I'm a wreck and am seriously thinking that a Foley or full Catheterization may be in order. However; I also have Diabetes and M.S. besides, as well as Heart problems in which any and all of these ailments can be contributing in negative ways. Anyway; I pray God may heal us from this painful and troubling condition.

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