Patient Comments: Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Treatment


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Comment from: Retired Veteran, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 10

The treatment for my lumbar spinal stenosis was a choice of either spinal fusion surgery (which may require another surgery later) or first try getting an epidural steroid injection through a pain management center (anesthesiologists do them). I have Medicare Supplement insurance and I've seen the bills to get in the range between USD 4 to 6 K each time. They may last from 60 to 120 days (2 to 6 months). It is a no pain, no gain issue. The worst the pain when you get the injection, the closer they are to the nerve controlling the pain. It can be the worst pain of your life, but only lasts for an average of 5 seconds and can give you 6 months’ relief with sitting and lying down to sleep. If there is no or very little pain, may last a month at best. If you want to walk, use a walker or wheelchair or suffer the consequences of trying surgery.

Comment from: Linda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

An x-ray showed I have 3 separated vertebrae, and severe disc degeneration with arthritis. An MRI showed the same, along with lumbar spinal stenosis and 3 cysts (one rather large) on my lower spine. I live in constant pain and cannot stand or walk longer than 5 minutes without having to sit down. My orthopedist recommended epidural injections, physical therapy (PT) or chiropractic treatment. I cannot afford the PT. On my first visit, he gave me 6 injections of lidocaine which didn't help much. He is not concerned about the cysts as he says they are just sitting there and not creating any problems. Not sure what treatment to pursue.

Comment from: April, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I was recently diagnosed via an MRI and numerous x-rays, with spinal stenosis. My treatment so far has been physiotherapy (PT), gabapentin, tramadol, and ibuprofen. Gabapentin has provided significant pain relief so I am able to sleep some each night, go to PT, and go to the store (using a shopping cart). My stamina is not there, and I am limited in how many minutes I can walk around the store, but at least it's some improvement. I do have an appointment on Friday with a doctor who administers the epidural steroid injections (ESI). I am really afraid of these, so I will be asking a lot of questions, and speaking up about having a sedative before they even start the ESI.

Comment from: Maureen, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I have had spinal stenosis for the last three years. I have had numerous spinal injections of cortisone, the last being a lumbar epidural. None have worked. I have been using a morphine patch for the last couple of years, going from 5g to 10mg. I am still in constant pain and cannot walk very far before having to sit down because of pain down my leg. I am now taking Lyrica tablets for the pain, but they do nothing. I have gone from playing golf three times a week, to sitting down for most of the day and rapidly gaining weight!

Comment from: hearkittycat, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 01

Thirty years ago I had 2 slipped discs in lower back because of lifting. Lots of walking, increasing distances and rest therapy got me well in near a year's time. I had a few relapses of short duration and this year from taking a bus tour for a month, climbing in and out of the bus, I have had a rough time getting well again. I swim every day but I can't walk far without sitting and resting. I sometimes have pain in my knees then in the groin. The pain moves around. I have some loss of control over the bladder at times. Bowel movements help the pain to subside. I'm not seeking medical attention since I am getting better by degrees with swimming, resting and taking aspirin when I need it. It's been 5 months and I expect it will take 5 more months.

Comment from: cjh, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I have been told I have spinal stenosis. The pain I get is like an electric shock. This pain is in my back. I have had the shots but get no relief for very long. I can't take pain medicines, I don't know what will help anymore.

Comment from: weebdevii, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 06

I have been diagnosed with multiple spinal stenosis in L2 through S1. I am in moderate to severe pain all of the time, I have numbness in both legs and floppy foot on occasion. I was advised by my doctors that surgery is not an option due to the severity of the quantity of vertebrae. I am on moderate to heavy pain medication.

Comment from: twistedj, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis when I was 14. I had a fusion between L3 and L5 when I was 21. At 23 I had another surgery to remove bone away from the nerves. Now at 54 I am told I have Spinal Stenosis below where my surgeries were performed. I have lived with problems for over 40 years. I have seen many orthopedic doctors over the years. I have had the pain injections that made me feel so much more pain and pressure. I have been told that there is nothing anyone can do. I have old nerve damage and new nerve damage according to the doctors. I am on 3 different pain medications and I still hurt every day. I finally gave up trying to work after 36 years because it is too hard for me to stand or sit for any amount of time. I don't want to live on pain medications, but what else can I do? I won't have any more surgery because all that does is create more scare tissue to form, which closes off the spinal canal even more. I am looking at being in a wheelchair within the next few years as my legs get weaker. This is not the kind of life I wanted.


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