Personal stories about having surgery for spinal stenosis
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professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health
Ed, age 62: The pain and numbness in my legs
got to the point where I could hardly walk. After my MRI showed I had spinal
stenosis, my doctor said that the final decision for treatment was up to me-I
should consider how bad the pain is and whether I can do my normal daily
activities. Since I could hardly do my simple everyday routines without pain, I
figured that it was time for surgery.
Tom, age 52: I have been working with a
physical therapist for several months now to relieve my leg pain that is caused
by spinal stenosis. My doctor says surgery may be an option if my leg pain gets
worse, but I want to wait and see if other steps help relieve the pain first.
The physical therapy seems to be working, so I will stick with it for now.
Clare, age 70: I noticed the numbness and pain
in my legs for a while. It came on gradually, and I could manage it with pain
relievers. Over time, though, the symptoms got worse and worse. Eventually, the
pain got so bad that walking was quite uncomfortable. Since I don't have any
other major health problems, I decided to have surgery so I wouldn't have to
deal with the leg pain and could start walking again!
Susan, age 64: The pain, numbness, and
tingling in my legs started about 5 years ago. Luckily, I did not feel pain all
of the time when walking. When I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, my doctor
said that there were several things I could do to keep my pain at a minimum,
such as using pain relievers, exercising, and keeping my weight down. That's
what I'm doing, and now I hardly ever get leg pain and am relieved that I
Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH
Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
February 21, 2008
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February 21, 2008
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