Today I went to the pain clinic and got the third of a series of spinal
injections for my back which they diagnosis as spinal stenosis. I was
wondering some of your thoughts on the subject. These shots usually last me
about a month and then I am again in so much pain that I cannot stand it. I
have no life, I cant sit, stand or lie in any comfortable position. I was
told in the beginning by a back surgeon, my orthopedist and my rummy that
surgery would be the only cure. I am frightened of having spinal surgery.
Has anyone had this. I was also wondering if the spinal injections which is
steroids are any less harmful than taking of prednisone? Predsisone also
helps the pain but my rummy dont want me to stay on it..
I really dont know what to do at this point. looks as if surgery may be my
only option.please send me some comments
After reading your description of not being able to sit, stand or lie
and be comfortable, I knew I had to answer.
A few years ago, I was in your shoes. I could sometimes find a contorted
position in a leaning down against something, but it was always a
I had surgery to repair the herniated disk and relieve the stenosis and
had almost instant relief. Just hours after the surgery, I was able to
ride back home in a car in fair, but post-op, comfort. I could lie back
down when I got home and even tended to my own needs alone. The key word
here is post-op level.
I have two herniated disks again and the stenosis is steadily
increasing. I've endured a series of epidural injections, a series of
spinal injections like yours and a couple of sets of PT. I'm at the
point that I can stand only a few minutes at a time and my right hip and
leg and my lower back go into such painful spasms, I have to sit down or
fall down. Raising my hips in bed or attempting to turn over is sheer
I'd jump at the chance to have the surgery again, but I have to wait in
some other health care information first.
There can be risks related with the surgery, but I'd take my chances to
get rid of this disabling pain.
What you decide has to be your and your doctor's decision. I told you
what I'd do. Good luck with whatever you decide.