Spinal Stenosis

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What was the treatment for your lumbar spinal stenosis? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: nancy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I am a 74 year old woman diagnosed with spurs on my spine. I have had rheumatoid arthritis for many years and what I do is lidocaine patches, the prescription ones. I place them on pain area low back or lower buttock area. I also go to a chiropractor maybe twice a month and when he adjusts me that helps break up calcium in some areas. I also was told by my doctor who diagnosed me, a specialist, to lie on my back, pull knees up to my chest, then let your legs together go to one side, and then the other side, for ten minutes on the clock, no less, every day. I at this time am doing nothing else and am ok.

Comment from: genie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

Pain was so bad down both legs I could not walk without holding on to someone or something. One surgeon wanted to operate right away, and I wanted to try epidural first. I had two with little success. I was put on Cymbalta for a sleep disorder and was told that it might help my back. Within one week the leg pain was GONE and has not returned and it has been 8 months. Also, my sleep disorder is fixed! Love Cymbalta!!

Comment from: lily hanton, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I have had four epidurals and two nerve blocks plus laminectomy, all without any success whatever. I am in dreadful pain in left leg from buttocks to my toes. I am on anti-inflammatory medications and pain killers, nothing helps.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I experienced radiating severe pain down my leg with leg weakness. I used Naproxen with little relief. I did physical therapy and finally narcotic pain meds. This was not a long term option. I had steroidal injections in spine that gave moderate relief, but did not last. Finally, I had complete relief with surgery (laminectomy) followed by lots of PT. It was a four-month recuperation, but pain relief was worth it!

Comment from: sweetluce, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I was diagnosed with lumbar stenosis a few weeks ago. I found it so frustrating with my primary care doctor. He diagnosed it as a pulled muscle and sent me home with muscle relaxers. The pain got so severe in my back, I could not get out of bed without screaming. I could not lower myself to use the bathroom. Finally I demanded an MRI of my back. That is when I went to a orthopedic pain specialist. He called it a severe condition and questioned the pain I was describing. I am doing physical therapy, using anti-inflamatory drugs, mild pain medication and muscle relaxers.

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