I am 35 male. Recently I have some back pain on my left.MRI show some
part of my spinal tocuhes the nerve and my Dr told me its due to
spinal stenosis. He mentioned it is inborn, or heredity.
I dont really feel leg pain when I walk.But do feel some pain at the
back, same spot. So is itreally spinal stenosis. My Dr also recommend
me surgery but I am afraid.
Anyone pls help? What actually is the symptom of spinal stenosis. I
read that the patient usually suffer leg pain but I didnt. Though I
feel tired when I walk.
Surgery is "usually" recommended based on extent of progression of the
stenosis and amount of nerve involvement. The Dr. should have performed a
series of reflex tests, the little hammer thingy, to determine how much the
nerves are effected. Is the stenosis in spinal canal or one of the openings
the nerves pass through to the body (foraminal)? Some of the indicators in
my stenosis was pain in my arms and sense of swollen hands, dragging of my
left foot occaisionally (like I couldn't quite lift my leg high enough to
take a full step), dropping things for no apparent reason. My tests showed
excessive reaction in my left leg to the little hammer thingy. Another
symptom is loss of bladder and/or bowel control. Areas affected are
generally below the point of stenosis. Be careful with this. Once the nerves
have been damaged there is no going back, it's a done deal. I have had
successful surgery on my neck stenosis. It was pretty severe and I was
lucky. I was advised not to wait too long to decide what to do. The worse it
gets the more difficult the surgery. It is a scarey thing, I agree totally.
Not having it done is scarey too if it is progressing.