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I knew fellow who had the hereditary narrowing of the passage in the vertebrae that your spinal cord runs through in his neck - surgery was required.The other forms of body pain relating to pinched nerves, misaligned vertebrae, etc. are well addressed by what [cruzziguzzi] recommends.
Anyone here know about this condition?Been having major foot/ nerve problems for two years, doc finally figured out I have a pinched nerve in my back!
Surgery is a last resort. I finally had to do it. Doc told me my back almost completely self fused with bone spurs. Worse she had ever seen in 30 years of neurosurgery practice. Fused from S1 up to L2 I think. Put me on Gabapentin for a while. I weaned myself off of it because of side effects. I just acclimate to the left leg and foot pain. Occasionally 20 MG of Cyclobenziprine, and 7.5/750 Hydrocodone X2. Do everything you can to avoid the knife. Post surgery infection came within a couple of hours of killing me, literally. Another week in the hospital, 6 months of IV antibiotics. I had no other choice if I wanted any kind of life but to have surgery. Couldn't even ride. So my advice? Do all you can to avoid the knife. If it comes to the point of the only option is surgery, get a good neurosurgeon. I had a neuro and an orthopedic surgeon, and eight hours opened up on the table. Am I better than I was? Yes. Am I good? No. Everything except surgery is reversable. Choice wisely, and conservatively. Good luck my friend.
FWIWFor my sciatica, Lyrica has practically chased it right away. Can make you drowsy.
On a 7 day cycle of prednisone now and then physical therapy next week. Next will most likely be the shot.[/i]
With first auto immune thing I had I was on Prednisone for quite a long time. It enabled me to (sort of) function. The downside was I suffered two hernias and a catastrophic RH him collapse. Two weeks max for that shit. I still do not know if the decrease in pain was worth the cost. All the best with your stenosis. Sadly, once it is there it does not magically disappear.
I had a laminectomy March 11 at L4-L5. They also did a single level fusion. I am still wearing the post surgical brace, can't drive, and am severely limited in my movements. The real recovery is 3-6 months. My back was absolutely trouble free all my life (I am 66) until October 2013, when I felt a little tingling in my left foot. This only got worse when I walked or was standing around, like in the kitchen. I sloughed it off until I finally couldn't walk more than a couple hundred yards without stopping. Sitting down would always make the pain go away. Here's what I tried: the shots (worked for a month), physical therapy (I think I waited too long), acupuncture (I probably didn't give it long enough), yoga (why not?), and ignoring it.My thoughts are: to try everything, I mean everything, before having surgery. Be sure in your mind that your quality of life is compromised sufficiently that you have no choice. Get a second and third opinion and really weigh the options. It sounds as if you found a good guy. I am lucky in that I am near the University of Wisconsin. Their Orthopedic surgeons and Neurosurgeons are excellent (they describe themselves as "high powered"). Entirely lacking in personality, but excellent surgeons. If Mayo is a teaching hospital though, it doesn't matter quite so much, because chances are, he will just be closely supervising some fellow or resident as they learn, not doing much.This is all very fresh in my mind. It sounds as if you have a problem similar to mine. I you want more thoughts, PM me. I am not doing much other than walking these days.Good luck
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