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Spinal what...?

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

After months of being in pain, going for therapy, to the foot doctor, and buying special shoes, now my doctor believes I have spinal stenosis and I am scheduled for MRI on Monday. I really do hope this is going to give a genuine diagnosis. I have reached the place where I can hardly walk for the pain in my lower back and legs.

I am extremely healthy for my age, and want "my life back" - I am so grateful to the Lord for my many years of good health. It is only late last year that I became plagued with this pain and it has been a rollercoaster of not knowing what it is. Many "maybe it's..." have been told to me, and now I want to know the real reason for this pain.

I hate pills and have been reduced to taking so many just to function. I do hope to know more next week.

If any one has this disease, please share your knowledge with me.

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    Like all the others, I am so sorry you have this disease. I have it too, along with other things (Multiple Sclerosis is the main one). I wish I was in good physical health, though. Money is very tight for us, so I know I've not gotten the medical treatment that I need, but I keep plugging along, taking my pain pills. But, doing lots of stretching exercises, drinking water and doing my best to keep active helps lots.
    2347 days ago
    Hi Jean;

    This is an old blog and I hope you are on the mend now. When it come to finding out what is what it can drive you crazy. Right now I have Leukemia but my test are showing other problems and the Dr. doesn't know what is going on. So in April I will get another blood test and go back and if the test is showing decline as the others then it is Chemo time which I really don't want but have had it 4 times in 10 years. Getting older and know something is wrong just by the way I feel so I do what I can and if I have to rest that is what I do. You have done so good with reaching your goal and it is just the matter of maintaining it. It is work and it is not easy when you are alone as I am a widow also. Stay true to yourself and continue with your healthy life style. God bless you always. Learn from Spark people every day.

    2625 days ago
    I also have spinal stenosis, lumbar region, possibly cervical neck region, waiting for surgery. I feel for you. I have nerve damage affecting my arms, and my right leg. Hope the MRI found something out for you.
    2780 days ago
  • SJG1953
    Bless your heart my friend. I sure hope the MRI gives the answers you need and that you will get things corrected. I hate that you have to endure the pain and all the medication. I'm praying God will provide healing and you will once again be pain free. God bless you and keep you safe, Shirley

    By the way, I'm glad Sloan is such a good spirit lifter. That is so precious.
    2849 days ago

    The caps are intentional. I want you to all know how much I appreciate your caring and thoughtfulness.

    God bless,
    2849 days ago
    I, too, have spinal stenosis, Jean. After years of leg, hip, back and foot pain--I had surgery last December and I finally have my life back. I pray that you have a wonderful doctor as I did, and will be on the road to a happier and less painful life. I sincerely am praying for you, Jean. emoticon

    2849 days ago
  • MCGS62
    Sorry to hear that you are still in pain. I have never heard of spinal stenosis before. What ever it is I hope that the mri finds it and it can be treated.
    We'll keep you in our prayers, Let me know how thing turn out.

    Hang in there

    JIM emoticon
    2849 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/4/2010 9:05:22 PM
    I'm sorry you're having to go through this. I hope the MRI finds the problem and you get some relief. Hugs, Nina
    2849 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear about your pain, Jean. I hope the doctors will be able to offer you some help. There is nothing worse than otherwise feeling good, but being in so much pain you can't function. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
    2849 days ago
    Jean, I'm so sorry you've been in so much pain for so long! It's frustrating when the 'professionals' can't do anything, don't know anything, or all they can do is guess. I hope that the MRI clears things up as far as a diagnosis and you can get back to living again!

    2849 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    So sorry this is going on. May you find answers and relief.
    2849 days ago
  • MONTY68
    What a painful condition and yes you need to know exactly what the problem is. The comment given you was a great idea and after your MRI, you should have some options.
    My thoughts will be with you.

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    2850 days ago
    Thank you, Rose Marie. I appreciate your kind and thoughtful words. I will update this blog once I get the MRI results.

    2850 days ago
    I am not in the medical field but it is my understanding that spinal stenosis is not a disease, per sae, but a diagnosis of your spinal column not being normal. I guess what I am trying to say is that the spinal column is misshapen and the pain is coming from something pressing on nerves in your spinal column.

    I have this condition myself, however, I am not suffering like you are.

    If I were you, I would rest assured that the surgeon will have some options for you to consider after he sees the MRI. Chances are excellent that they will offer you options that will make your life easier.

    Keep us in the loop.

    Rose Marie
    2850 days ago
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