Re: spinal stenosis & disability
Hi,Laura. I've been there and done that. I certainly relate to your experiences. Hot flashes made me head for the door get outside and cool off. I was depressed going thru menopause. I was faced two areas of pain lumbar and cervical. Try to slow down and analyze what is the worst pain, for me if you can't walk then you can't get around. The neck still hurt. Sometimes the doctor receives so many complaints that he does't know where to begin. Try having 2 doctors family physian to deal with menopause and the other neuro, orthopaedic or --- Stenosis in itself isn't enough to qualify for disability. To date I still have stenosis but not sufficient to warrant surgery. I startewd crawling myself out of depression, realizing it and then begin doing just one thing for self some special little treat, then find someone who has so much to deal with and see if youcan't be a new friend. For me it was finding a woman in a nursing home that has no family and visit once a week or whatever call thatpe4rson bring some little treat one orange, single rose on occasion. Many of them have far more medical problems too. I think when I do something for other then my pain is less and I'm soon out of depressions grips I use to laugh my Mom had friends in they played Bridge and a couple of them would get hot flashes and out the door they went. Little did I know til I went thru it, too. And out the door I went like them. I still will fall into depression, knowing it I do for another then mine is sure lessened. I was 42 when mine started. I asked the doctor if it was hereditary at a certain age and he told me we each have our own timetables You are lucky I have 7 seperate diagnosis independate of each other and I have to take just one at a time. The last 3 require tests for each so I am in the middle of that I have medication for one but still need testing. My girlfriends compare how far filled are their shoe boxes of medication and it gets to be a big laugh . I hope some of my life sharing will lighted your load. Take care. new friend.