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Spinal Stenosis

Started by 102088974432596... on 02/22/2016 7:55am

I am experiencing severe back pain due to possible spinal stenosis. I also have scoliosis. I am a 100% service connected disabled veteran from the Vietnam War. Thus my main health care is through the Veterans Administration Primary Health Care System.
I have had 4 Emergency Room admissions in the past two weeks. I have been given injections and pain medications which have not helped that much. A diagnosis was low back pain with radiculpathy. ( narrowing of the spine ).
I am not sleeping well. I cannot walk, stand, or sit without being in excruciating pain. Sometimes I am in tears. And I am not a whine baby. I don't complain unless the pain is extreme. This is affecting everything I do. I am physically and emotionally exhausted. Sometimes I have to scream.
I have several upcoming appointments but some are six weeks or more from now. I need help now.
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I have the same problem as you do plus a spinal fusion from l3 to l5. I am scheduled for surgery for the spinal stenosis and another disk l2. I have the same symtoms and I can barely walk. I sit on the couch with my legs propped up and a heating pad on my back. I am taking a lot of medications but they are not helping. I am just trying to make it to my surgery date. Quite frankly, every day is a struggle and my family does not understand. My neurosurgeon told me that surgery is the only option because it will only get worse. Good luck with the VA and push for treatment.

Good luck,


I was diagnosed in 2011 with spinal stenosis in the lumbar area. I then was diagnosed with cervical stenosis in 2016.
I had a consultation with a spine specialist and he recommended fusion surgery with the cage and screws.
He said," sometimes it works sometimes it does not". I live alone and it would be difficult for the recovery period.
In the last 5 years I have tried injections that did nothing. I have invested in over $500 worth of equipment to do
back exercises. In the recent months I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease stage 3. That has symptoms of
leg pain and pain in the kidney area lower back both sides. Each day I try to do something that will get me off the couch and getting movement. I don't always reach that goal and end up so depressed about my limitations. People like friends and relatives don't understand the severity of the pain and the fact you can not do what you use to do. I have lost
so many friends that just stopped calling because I could not do the activities they still enjoy.
I use to take Aleve or Naprozen for pain but now am limited to Tylenol for pain. The drugs that helped a little with the pain and inflammation are very harmful for my kidneys. So I sometimes use a low graded narcotic "Tramadol"
at night for some sleep and it gives me relief for a few hours. I don't want to become addicted and worry about using it too often. I never have a good night's sleep and am so limited to shopping or standing up for long. It has become a nightmare I wish I could wake up from.