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Severe spinal stenosis: Would you do surgery?

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@wilcy

Just curious, how do you walk 15 minutes with spinal stenosis?

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@wilcy I think this is different for every patient and how advanced the stenosis is. I was able to walk with cervical stenosis, and I didn't have space left around my spinal cord. I had my decompression surgery before permanent damage began. I was getting muscle spasms that shifted my vertebrae around, and when that happened, I had an uneven gait, but I still could walk. When my physical therapist realigned my neck, I walked normally again. If the spinal cord compression gets severe, it can cause permament damage to the spinal cord, and that usually shows up on an MRI.

I have no pain only numbness in fingers and toes. Walking for the most part is not a problem. I try to exercise 3-4 times a week

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