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.