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Spinal Stenosis/ Herniated disk

Started by snowboarder44 on 02/22/2010 1:37pm

Need help! i'm 18 years old, and i developed a severe case of spinal stenosis and a disk herneation playing football this year. Been doing therapy for 5 or 6 months with no improvement. I had a very active lifestyle before this happened, and now i'm limited to walking, sitting, and lying down. Surgery or more therapy? Please help!!! thank you.

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I can feel for you...I am 51 years old but much younger than my years. I had a co-ed softball injury in 1997, as I was steamrolled over by a man when I was on second base waiting for the ball to thrown into me. The man that "ran" me over was 6"3 weighting about 235 lbs. I am 5"8 and weigh about 125. I am tall and lean, and the collision made me flying through the air and I hit the back of my head. It was shortly after that I developed bad symptoms. I started to have numbness in my legs and stomach. The Dr.s found out I had a disk herniation in my C6/C7 that was starting to severe my spinal chord. They did emergency surgery and the surgery was a success, and then I learned to walk all over again. In 2002 I had another neck surgery to fuse my neck from C5-C7. That surgery was successful also. Now I have major spinal chord stenosis in C4/C5 region which makes my hands and fingers go numb. I have to now take my MRI and CT scans (highly recommended) to my Neurosurgeons, My situation will only get worse not better. I will see what the Neurosurgeons have to say but one said I have major narrowing in my spine and I should have another surgery. This can be scary I know, but I want to have somewhat of a active life style before this happened. There are many new techniques out there, so I would get at least 2 different consultations before making a decision.

Good Luck!

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quit football... do more back strengthening exercise... and have surgery if symptoms worsen...unless you have muscle weakness from the stenosis or disc

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My symptoms have gotten much worse since i stopped playing football in September. I have constant shooting pains down my right leg, and throbbing and spasms in my lower back. I've been religously doing my physical therapy stretches and exercises for 6 months now, with no improvement. But not necessarily any worsening conditions either. I have an appointment at Seattle Children's hospital in 1 week for a follow up MRI and meeting with my surgeon. This appointment will decide if and when I am ready for surgery.

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I had a decompressive lumbar laminectomy in 2007. I only had surgery after months of drugs and physical therapy. They gave me prescription ibuprofin and a nerve blocker (gabapentin). Neither the therapy or the pills had any effect whatsoever. I was 48 then, not very active and overweight. I did not have any injury. I was told I had a congentatively narrow spinal canal and arthritis in my spine that was causing the stenosis in my lower back. My symptoms included terrible pain that would start in my right buttocks and run down my right leg all the way to my foot. It got so bad I couldn't sleep, I couldn't even roll over in bed because it would cause excrutiating pain. I was in so much pain that when I walked I would lean sideways and limp to reduce the pain. I was like that for so long that after surgery, my spine was twisted and I couldn't stand straight no matter how hard I tried. I am happy to say that the surgery fixed everything. The pain in my leg didn't go away immediately but was gone in less than 2 months. I had about 6 weeks of physical therapy which amazingly straighted my back and fixed my limp. Of course I can't say for you, but based on my experience, I would highly recommend surgery if your problem is in your legs. If it's back pain then I can't say. Everything I read about this indicated that if physical therapy was gong to work, that it should have helped you within 6 months. I will say this, if you decide on surgery, make sure you find a good surgeon. I can't tell you how to do that. I found my surgeon by his reputation. You're much younger and in better shape than I was, so that works in your favor. Good luck to you. I hope you find a solution and have a long and pain free life. My prayers are with you.

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I have been suffering with sciatica for over 10 years, and found that acupuncture has been the most helpful.

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