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I Have Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis anonymous support group with information on diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, along with personal stories and experiences with Spinal Stenosis. You're not alone. 225 People

    Living In Pain! - I have had neck pain for about 6 years now. I had a MRI scan about 5 years ago, which showed damage to one of the discs in my neck. I've been with a pain...
    Lara82 Lara82 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 4, 2012

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    Billie - It doesn't take long before a constant pain in the thigh muscles of both legs, that will not disappear, for you to think thats its a bit more than over exertion. A talk...
    trroberts trroberts 61-65 3 Responses Nov 13, 2011

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    31 Year Old Male With Lumbar Stenosis (contemplating Surgery) - Hello all. 3 or so months ago, i was lifting my son out of the tub, and felt a severe pain in my lower back...
    handscc handscc 31-35 4 Responses Mar 28, 2011

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    Two Weeks To Surgery - Hi again - is anybody tired of my rambling on yet? Well, the good news is - you can just stop reading when you are. You are the only ones that listen to my...
    tpat1515 tpat1515 61-65 4 Responses Aug 14, 2012

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    History Of Spinal Problems - Back problems have pretty much plagued me since my early 20's . I'M now 53 and have surgery scheduled on this coming Monday April 1st. I'VE been...
    whiskeypapa whiskeypapa 51-55, M 2 Responses Mar 26, 2013

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    So Confused - Hi there I am 36 and trying to figure out what the heck is going on with me. I sustained an injury at work and in the process of trying to address the pain, the doc...
    nessie104 nessie104 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 16, 2013

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    My Story - Syringomyelia-caused Stenosis - I was diagnosed with syringomyelia 25 years ago. I subsequently had 3 surgeries to ease the pain and disability, though I have not been...
    mcoolat50plus mcoolat50plus 56-60 2 Responses Feb 14, 2012

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    A Whole New World - Hi, My name is Amber and I am 31 years old.  I live in Des Moines, Iowa.  I am in the process of trying to get help for my spinal stenosis, and am...
    akmiller78 akmiller78 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 3, 2010

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    Denied Lumbar Spinal Fusion - What to Do Now? - September 12, 2008 I am writing to ask for your help with a serious health care situation that I am currently facing.  I have...
    alicesweetalice alicesweetalice 41-45 16 Responses Sep 12, 2008

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    Fatigue After Surgery - Does anyone else have severe "chronic fatigue" after your spinal surgery? I'm still working after my 4 spinal surgeries but am having a very hard time with...
    tpat1515 tpat1515 61-65 Oct 14, 2013

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    I Have Spinal Stenosis But God Has Me. When I Can't Go Any Further He Carries Me...... - Share my story huh? Where do I begin? I guess I'll start at a time when I lived a "normal...
    ImsavdXgraceofGo ImsavdXgraceofGo 41-45, F 2 Responses Mar 25, 2010

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    Need To Talk - I'm writing on behalf of my dear Uncle who is a sufferer. He is 85 years old, does not have internet access and would find it valuable to have support through phone...
    helenwebster2008 helenwebster2008 56-60 May 21, 2010

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    I have been diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis and degenerative disc disease. Also I seem to have a bulging disc. My lower back is in a lot of pain. Meds and the epidural shots did not...
    markemark03 markemark03 51-55, M Mar 28

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    My Story - Hi. I AM 44 YEARS OLD AND HAVE HAD 5 BACK SURGERY'S. IT ALL STARTED WITH A HERNIATED DISC. THE DISC WAS SHAVED THE FIRST TIME, THAT TOOK THE PAIN AWAY FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS...
    krockwell krockwell 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 21, 2011

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    Cervical Stenosis - I'm having an Anterior Microdiscectomy and Fusion next week.... - Hi, I'm hoping to get any advice on recovering from this surgery. It's scheduled for a week...
    lynnehermann lynnehermann 36-40 1 Response Jan 5, 2011

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    Strong And Healthy To Living With Chronic Pain - I thought maybe it would be helpful to connect with other people that understand what I'm going through and maybe help other people...
    Photobugtoo Photobugtoo 51-55, F 4 Responses Aug 15, 2012

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    Oh Crap! - I went back to Mayo Clinic because I cannot walk and am having severe Sciatica pains for about 3 months now. Took in my MRI and saw the Neurologist and the Neurosurgeon...
    tpat1515 tpat1515 61-65 May 24, 2013

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    The Widower - I was first diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis in 08/2005; at that time I had pain in my lower back, hips, and thigh area, and walking was very painful. I began my first...
    satuni satuni 70+, M 1 Response Mar 23, 2012

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    It's What!? - About three years ago I started getting pain in my lower back just above my butt, I thought it was arthritis. about a year and a half ago it was real bad and I went...
    dneller18 dneller18 51-55, M 2 Responses Jan 4, 2011

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    My S.s. Experience, Condition And A Few Questions - Hi there, I'm 31 y/o and have had back pain since I was 19.  I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and degenerative disc...
    splar splar 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 28, 2010

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    Living With Spinal Stenosis - I have spinal stenosis but it does not have me.    I was diagnosed at age 24 with stenosis from L1 through S1.  That was 21 years ago...
    beth1max beth1max 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 5, 2010

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    Unsure Of What'S Going To Happen Now - I'm 27 years old, I have 2 children ages 1 and 4. I have a very busy life style as a stay at home mom. I don't have any family to help me out...
    CCL85 CCL85 26-30 Apr 21, 2013

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    Spinal Stenosis - About ten years ago I went to my doctors complaining of severe back pain going into my legs they stated that it was muscular, after ten years of going threw hell...
    rawdicko rawdicko 41-45 8 Responses Jun 14, 2009

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    Backbummer - I thought it was a normal back problem that they could fix. In 1989, I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and trying to justify the cause of it for such a long time...
    rumpz rumpz 56-60 2 Responses May 14, 2008

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    I Have Spinal Stenosis - my Dr. is great i am lucky enough to live in Canada so i was able to get approved for Medical Marihuana by the Government. When i smoke it takes the pain...
    thom10 thom10 46-50 1 Response Jan 28, 2013

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    Here I Go Again - Well... here I am about 7 months out from my 3rd surgery on my spine to relieve pressure on my spinal cord and I'm having significant sciatica pain, tingling and...
    tpat1515 tpat1515 61-65 May 10, 2013

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    I have spinal stenosis, degenerative disc and arthritis at L 4 and L5. Am allowed to have 3 shots for pain, then may be told that I need surgery. Am very leary of surgery, but...
    gibsoel gibsoel 66-70, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Gabapentin - I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis last fall and went through the cortisone injections which did not help me. Then my doctor thought I should try acupuncture and...
    Cathyd Cathyd 66-70 4 Responses Jun 25, 2011

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    Will It Ever End? - I have had spinal stenosis for maybe 8 years. At this point I am "furniture walking" around my small apartment in my son's house. My kids don' want me to...
    lulalou lulalou 70+, F 6 Responses Nov 25, 2012

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    Post Surgery And Waiting For Next One - I just had my first surgery after c3-7 collapsed. I put off the surgery and it was the wrong decision for me. Nerve groups were compressed...
    Kathyspinal Kathyspinal 46-50 4 Responses Oct 20, 2012

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    Recently Diagnosed - I woke up one day with low back pain.  It would hurt for a few hours then go away for weeks. I didn't think much of it. Then one day I woke up and I could...
    ctredsoxfan ctredsoxfan 41-45 21 Responses Sep 25, 2010

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    Can This Be The End - Please!!!! - So here I am sitting on my couch 3 weeks after my 4th spinal surgery. This one was on my Lumbar region, L4 to S1 fusion with "generous" stenosis...
    tpat1515 tpat1515 61-65 Jul 14, 2013

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    Seems Like The End - In 2007 I had back surgery for stenosis at L5-S1, which helped. Fast forward to 2012, I start having severe back pain from the cervical down to the lumbar area...
    nature55 nature55 56-60 Apr 17, 2013

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    C Spine Stenosis - dose any one have c spine stenosis that has had it operated on? thank you
    Edwardj Edwardj 70+ 8 Responses Sep 5, 2012

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    Me... - Life hasn't been easy on me for the past few years, but then again who has it for? I try to keep my focus on the positive & lately have been learning how to do that. It's...
    kimberlylynnc kimberlylynnc 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 29, 2012

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    Spinal Stenosis And Degenerative Disc Disease - I have had the above diseases for a few years but over the past year the pain has become much worse. I have had several steroid...
    7054a 7054a 66-70 3 Responses Sep 29, 2012

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    What Do I Do Now - I found this page about 2 days ago and have been reading peoples post but was unsure about posting because I'm not normally open to just anyone... I'm 22 years...
    jcali22 jcali22 22-25, M 2 Responses Sep 7, 2012

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    Pastry Chefs Worst Nightmare - In August of 2008 I was injured on the job lifting a 100# bag of sugar. 2 Herniated discs in lower back. It was a manufacturing plant so they bought...
    JShelley JShelley 36-40, F 3 Responses Sep 11, 2012

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    Diagnosed With L4-5 Stenosis - I have had pain and numbness in my hips and legs off and on for three years. My left hip and leg hurt and get numb when I sit too long.  My...
    bailiesmom bailiesmom 56-60, F 1 Response Oct 10, 2009

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    My Story - About a little over a year ago I start experincing numbness in my left leg and real bac back pain.  I went to the Doctor and she sent me to a Neurosurgeon.  I...
    lilfern lilfern 51-55, F 2 Responses May 5, 2008

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    I Have Spinal Stenosis .need Some Help Info Please .... - Well I just got a diag for Spinal Stenosis two weeks ago . I do not know what to do .. Does anyone know if you can Apply...
    Travis1982 Travis1982 26-30, M 2 Responses Oct 24, 2012

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    Recently Diagnosed - I have had back issues all of my life. Had a herniated lumbar disc following a car accident 10 years ago. A couple of years ago, I experience horrible...
    vsl516 vsl516 46-50, F 3 Responses Mar 31, 2012

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    What Now - I have just been diagnosed with Lumber Spinal Stenosis. With compression of the nerve root L5 . Have been off work for 7 weeks so far just trying to get myself mobile...
    Carter6060 Carter6060 61-65, F 5 Responses May 22, 2013

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    Why? - Always thinking why is this happening - too much to talk about - is it something I did ? Rants and raves going through my head and I cry - I look at my babies 2.5 and 1 year...
    RonniJean RonniJean 31-35, F 1 Response May 3, 2013

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    Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - On 11/2/07, I was at work, and went to do an ear lavage on a patient (involves washing their ear until all excess ear wax comes out). I just bent the wrong...
    Warmthoughtsofyou04 Warmthoughtsofyou04 22-25, F 6 Responses May 7, 2008

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    Severe Spinal Stenosis - I have had a bad back all my adult life.  Managed to always stay active and worked through the pain.  About 10 years ago I had a bad time with my...
    hurtingcookie hurtingcookie 56-60, F 1 Response Nov 3, 2010

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    Congenital Spinal Stenosis - I can always remember discomfort as far as I can remember in my lower back since my early thirtees. I somehow got into fitness in my mid thirtees and...
    mehtani123 mehtani123 56-60, F Sep 4, 2013

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    Spinal Stenosis 6 Days Post Op -  I'm 63 yrs. old and out of surgery 6 days now L 2-5 with a cyst around nerve.  My pain came on relatively quick and after about a month I...
    rdougk rdougk 61-65 1 Response Aug 29, 2011

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    Daily Grind - It's hard not to think my life isn't over right now. No, I'm not going to shoot myself or anything like that. It's just that every day is a challenge to get through...
    tpat1515 tpat1515 61-65 Aug 7, 2012

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    I Have Spinal Stenosis. - I've never really done this and never really had the drive to until tonight.. My name is Alexis and I have Spinal Stenosis. I've had it for 12 years now...
    xSci xSci 22-25 2 Responses Oct 29, 2013

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    There Is Help - go to www.clicical trials.gov. its no cost to you. its a brace they put around your spine. its called acadia facet replacement system.
    jewles1968 jewles1968 41-45 Dec 15, 2012

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    I am 43 year old mother of two who feels one hundred. I ruptured a disc in 2011 and lost use of my left arm. I chose not to have surgery for the outcome would be the same...
    spineallmess spineallmess 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 20

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