spondylo/stenosis..when to do surgery??
I have experienced "chronic back pain" most of my life. I'm currently under Chiropractic care..which helps "some" however, it's a fine line; too much "adjustment=inflammation which makes the nevrve pain from the stenosis worse. My question is. when do I need to have surgery?? Right now I have low back pain (L4-5 spondylo) most every day...can not stand for any length of time w/out it getting worse. I also have stenosis (L5-S1 & probably L4-5 from the spondylo) that have the top of my foot((or all places!!)) & leg numb/hurting. None of this pain is "horrible"~~just almost ALWAYS there!! I can still do pretty much all I want to do(might pay later!!); however, I am tired of "something" hurting most all of the time!! & truthfully, I am starting to worry about the nerve impingement~certainly do not want to cause any permanent damage!!
Thanks in advance for advice...it is nice to know some people will understand what I am talking about. Most people who are not living thru this do not understand~back PAIN does not have to be debilitating to be PAIN!!