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Update........

Friday, May 01, 2015

On March 27th, 2015, I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis (Primary), Low Back Pain, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spondylolisthesis, Radiculopathy (Lumbosacral region), Neurogenic Claudication, and Chronic Pain.

I was given three choices of treatment. Physical Therapy, Epidural Steroid Injections in my back around my spinal cord, or Surgery.

I opted to begin with Physical Therapy and started my sessions on Friday, April 4th. The first session was an evaluation which ended with a review of exercises I had begun in December of 2014 (when I thought that the pain that was radiating from my left hip down into my left leg was caused by the hip). I was given additional exercises which I do at home each day between actual sessions with the PT. The exercises take about 2 hours each morning and then about an hour and a half in the evening. They are mainly for core strengthening and to improve my balance. They are helping some, but I am running into trouble with recurring Vertigo. When I lay down to do some of the exercises, I am very prone to Vertigo, which is so frustrating, because in order to gain strength, I need to do the exercises on a daily basis and when the Vertigo strikes, I get very dizzy and nauseated and
sometimes have to end the exercise session. I am really hoping that the PT will make me strong enough to be able to avoid the shots and the surgery. I have noticed some improvement and am hoping for a lot more. If I can get the Vertigo under control, I can up the exercises which should speed up the strengthening of my core.

Wish me luck. I really DO NOT want to go the surgery-route. I haven't heard many stories that were very positive re: the surgical outcome. Even the Spinal Nurse Practitioner said that after the surgery, patients reported a lessening of pain in their legs, but not much in their backs. Not very encouraging..........

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  • HEALTHYNEWPAIGE
    Wishing you lots of luck! Sending hugs and prayers also. emoticon


    1686 days ago
  • ALIHIKES
    Best wishes to you for success with PT. the vertigo makes it very difficult! I hope and pray that the vertigo will lessen.
    1686 days ago
  • GINNABOOTS
    Glad you are opting for the PT, but sorry your vertigo is kicking in. It is a good idea to avoid the surgery if you can, my sister has the same diagnosis and she had the surgery about 10 years ago and it did not help her much. So keep trying and hopefully the vertigo will subside.

    I wish you all the best. emoticon
    1687 days ago
  • MISSDAISY23
    I am keeping you in our prayers.
    Take care & God bless you, Patti! emoticon
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    Daisy

    1687 days ago
  • ARTJAC
    HOPE THE PT WORKS FOR YOU ASK IF THERE ARE ANY EXERCISES THAT YOU CAN DO SITTING DOWN OR STANDING UP USING A CHAIR FOR BALANCE IF NEEDED THIS WORKED FOR ME AS THE INJECTIONS IN MY BACK DIDN'T WORK BUT THEN I HAD SURGERY AND THAT WORKED FOR ME emoticon
    1687 days ago
  • LIVINGLOVINLIFE
    I had a similar diagnosis several months ago. Given same options. I too was having vertigo and nausea along with the pain and numbness in my neck and right arm. I found that my vertigo and nausea would lesson when I would do my neck exercises or at least change the way I was holding my neck. My Dr. said it was probably caused when a nerve was being pinched or compressed by the bone spurs, on my interior aspect of my discs. I did the therapy for 6 weeks. Decided I could continue at home with the exercises. I opted out of the spinal epidural injections and surgery at this time. I too did not like the possible prognosis of spinal surgery. I still have occasional vertigo and nausea but when I feel it coming on I immediately straighten my posture and do range of motion for my neck. I still have constant back pain which I can tolerate as long as I take my meds and use OTC pain patches and heat. I told the Dr. I was going to walk as much as I could and stay away from any aggressive therapy as long as I could. Go slow, be steady and rest when you have to but don't forget to do your neck, back and leg exercises. I hope things get better for you as I truly understand your concerns about the therapy and hoe bad the vertigo and nausea can be. Hugs Pat emoticon emoticon
    1687 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Good luck. I would sure start w/PT also. Sorry the vertigo is such a challenge! HUGS
    1687 days ago
  • ICECUB
    I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU. I HOPE PT WILL HELP. SURGERY WOULD BE MY LAST CHOICE TOO.
    1687 days ago
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