Welcome to the board. What type of pain do you have and where is it located? What makes it worse? What gives you relief, like changing position from standing to sitting, etc? Where is the stenosis located?
I suffer from chronic pain & nerve irritation associated with my back conditions. I suffer from DDD in my neck and have DDD, Osteoarthritis & Spinal Stenosis (moderate) & severe ligamentum flavum hypertrophy in my lumber region. As well have two bulging discs in my lumbar region. Sittng, standing, walking for longer than 20 minutes is extremely painful. Cannot take opoids or antiflammatories due to drug allergies. Tylenol Arthritis & Deep cold bring a little relief (temporary) as well as constantly changing positions. I use a cane. I love my anti-gravity chair, my recliner and I find lieing in a fetal position with a pillow helps with sleeping as long as I don't roll over lol Take care.
Yes, I've had a consultation with a back surgeon and unfortunately I am a high risk for surgery. I've also had a nerve conduction test and decompression in the form of an inversion table was also suggested but again unfortunately I'm unable to do it as I have narrow angles in both eyes and apparently the inversion table can cause an increase in optic nerve pressure
Well, I'm sorry but it is difficult to think of much to suggest to you.
I dealt with stenosis and the resulting sciatic pain for years. One thing that helped me is a position you can try if you can lie on the floor or another very firm surface.
Lie on your back being careful to keep your body in a straight line. Bend knees and place feet on the floor. Arms should be close to your sides, palms facing up toward the ceiling. Adjust your position so your pelvis is in a neutral position. Breathe deeply from the belly and relax.
This position is a natural form of traction. It allows your discs to get out from under the weight of gravity and helps to realign the spine. If you are compensating due to pain, this allows the muscles to relax and let go of some of the tension. It is a healthy thing to do for the soft tissue and muscles and gives the discs a chance to decompress a tad.
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Every morning I'm in that exact position doing my meditation and visual therapy and I find if you put your knees on a 90 degree angle resting on a chair while you are lieing on the floor it is also comfortable.