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Severe lumbar spinal stenosis

Spine Health | Last Active: Nov 18, 2023 | Replies (17)

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From what I hear, there doesn't seem to be an overwhelming approval for this procedure. I am only an engineer and don't speak with authority however. I had xrays done that show arthritis and collapsed spine. I have the same problem and am/was also very active and I have resolved to not have the surgery, at least at this point. I have purchased an invert table with heat and message and it seems to be the most effective relief so far. I did a month and a half of Physical Therapy, was on Gapabend, (sp) exercising and massage and none of them gave me much relief. Outlook seems bleak for this malady and have almost accepted the fact I may have to deal with this pain the rest of my life.

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Hello, I had surgery for spinal stenosis in 2010 fused 2 to 5 with hardware in place. Now I am having a hard time walking. They say it’s due to the surgery. I use a tens unit and heat on my back at home,also PT from time to time.MRI showed my nerves were being crushed so much to my legs and in time would cause my legs to stop working ,so I took my chances and had the surgery.I believe it kept me from needing to use a wheel chair for many years.I can not walk far,use a cane due to loss of balance.I rent a scooter when I need to. I make the best of my situation.always could be worse.wish you all the best..