Patient Comments: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your lumbar spinal stenosis?

Comment from: Janice, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

I broke my toe climbing the stairs 5 months ago. I thought I just stubbed it and continued to stand on it at a meeting that evening, perhaps making it worse. After 10 weeks if was still red and a bit swollen. I had it x-rayed and the doctor gave me a prescription anti-inflammation pill. That, along with wearing steel plate in my sneaker finally helped move the healing along. Now it still feels a bit off after exercising and has some redness, but hoping it will be fully healed in the next few weeks.

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Comment from: flyfreeizzie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I have cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis from birth. I've always had spine pain and now deal with the sciatica bilaterally. I have arthritis too, I take morphine daily and while I still have pain, it's tolerable. Ice is my friend. I will need surgery in the next couple of years is what my neurosurgeon tells me. I also deal with chronic migraines, it's nice to know I'm not alone.

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Comment from: Tikalasi, 19-24 (Patient) Published: July 12

I went to the doctor last week and I found out I have pneumonia. This has been going for a while that it has infected my lungs which have started to bleed. I did not know I had pneumonia because I felt absolutely fine until last Thursday when I coughed out blood. So I decided to go see the doctor for a checkup. I had no sign of fever, chest-pain or anything besides coughing out blood and a back pain. The doctor decided to take a blood count and an x-ray test and found out my red blood cell count is fine but the white blood cell count is not normal. However the doctor gave me amoxicillin to take three times a day. I hope this will stop the bleeding.

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Comment from: Merry widow, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 02

I had severe back pain that came and went. Sitting was the only relief of pain from my lumbar spinal stenosis. Finally I had epidural several days ago (4). Pain eased but there is some return of bearable pain in certain spots, hope relief lasts for quite a while. Have to give it more time, I guess. I am still afraid to risk doing too much, still taking it easy. I had epidural 10 years ago for sciatica. I see the doctor two weeks after my shot.

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Comment from: Pepper, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

Symptoms of my lumbar spinal stenosis are pain, especially while sleeping, inability to stand more than a few minutes and therefore losing ability to walk, chronic sciatica, usually on the left side but sometimes on the right, inability to lie in one position for more than a few minutes when trying to sleep, and increased pain with major weather changes.

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Comment from: long island phil, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 26

I was in a motorcycle accident in 05 and broke my neck and back. Due to the impact I got arthritis in pelvis and lower back. Two months ago I got a pinched nerve in my spine where there is no cushion left. I had pain like I never felt before; like being electrocuted! After MRI I was set to get a laminectomy {open up the spine to let the nerves breathe} for my lumbar spinal stenosis. I have diabetes. Before I was supposed to go under they found my levels were too high and sent me home. I am bed ridden and not set to go under till July 7th. I can't bear the pain! I am on oxycodone, hydrocodone and all the rest and can't find a day {no, a minute} without pain. I am ready to drive my car into a brick wall!

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