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My Plan As Of Now.........

Monday, June 29, 2015

On March 27th, 2015, I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis, Low Back Pain, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spondylolisthesis, Radiculopathy of the Lumbosacral Region, Neurogenic Claudication, and Chronic Pain. My MRI showed a lot of narrowing of the spinal cord space in my lower back plus bone spurs due to Osteoarthritis. There is nerve involvement because of the degenerative discs pressing on the nerves.

At the first appointment, I was informed of three options. The first was Physical Therapy. I have been doing extensive exercises daily since April 10th. The second option was steroid shots near my spine and the third option was surgery.

Today was my 3-month follow-up. I informed the Spinal Specialist of the Physical Therapy I have been involved with and the results of this therapy. I still have pain in my spine. I knew from the beginning that this would NOT go away. The pain in my left hip is much less and the weakness is slight. When all of this began a year ago, I thought that my hip needed replacement. After going to an Orthopedic Surgeon, I found out that the pain was radiating from my spine into the hip area. This led to the Spine Specialist and the recommended PT. During the appointment today, I was asked if I wanted to go a step further and get the steroid shots. I turned this down. I have talked to so many people who actually became worse and were in more pain AFTER the shots. I feel that with my present mobility, and pain that I can live with, I want to continue with my PT exercises until they no longer give me relief. Then.........and only then........will I take the next step. There just aren't any guarantees with back surgery and I will only take that route if I absolutely have to.

So...........that is my plan as of now.

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    1621 days ago
    1621 days ago
    Good plan Patti. You are working hard at your physio and you're seeing the results. I wouldn't have the shots at this point either.
    1621 days ago
    Good plan, my sister had back surgery and it didn't help much.
    1622 days ago
  • 1MNEME
    Good plan. Less invasive is the way I like to go too. My knee will need to be replaced at some point but I am going to put it off as long as I can. I wish you the best.
    1622 days ago
  • MBPP50
    Good plan. I am glad you are able to function despite your pain. I hope the PT continues to help. emoticon
    1622 days ago
    Good luck. I feel like you. I"d give the least invasive treatment a long, hard try. Then if needed, move onto plan B. Good luck.
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    1622 days ago
    Pat you've been given the options and you know your body better than anyone, You have to do what's right for you and it sounds like a good plan to me.
    Why risk something until you REALLY have no option.
    Take care babe emoticon
    1622 days ago
    I have spinal stenosis and spondylolysthesis. After two years diagnosed, I had the surgery. Two fusions and a laminectomy. I had a very good surgeon, with a national reputation, but he hit a nerve with a spacer. I now have drop foot, and don't know if it is permanent. I use a walker for a lot of my activities. I also have more back pain than I did before the surgery, but that might get better. Surgery was in February. Do I regret it? No. The spinal column is considerably more cleaned out than it was.

    When you get spinal stenosis, and the spinal column is closing in on the spinal cord, no amount of chiropractor visits will help that. Good luck to you.
    1622 days ago
    I absolutely think that is the best way to go. I am still keeping you in our prayers, Patti. Take care & have another blessed day! emoticon

    1622 days ago
  • VMOUL2002
    Try chiropractic, manipulative traction. It's non invasive. You lay face down on the chiropractors table with the bottom half of the table lifted a little so it's as if you are a little bent over, the chiropractor pushes down on your upper back and on your buttocks. Pushing in opposite directions. What it dose is opens up the spaces in between your vertebrae and take pressure off your nerves and helps relieve pain.. I have herniated disc on L5 S1 and bulging above and below. When it first happened I went to the chiropractor every day for months (even on Sunday). As it got better I didn't need to go as much. I haven't been in years now. I am not a doctor but just giving you my experience maybe it could help you.
    1622 days ago
    Wow Patti that is a great plan. I think that PT has been helping you and you should stay with it. My thoughts and prayers are with you. emoticon
    1622 days ago
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