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Old 01-01-2008, 04:00 PM   #1
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severe lumbar stenosis

Hello members;
Two years ago I had successfull ACDF surgery at C7. Now I move to my lower back. My latest Mri Notes Protruding disk at L4 and moderate to sever Stenosis at L3-L4. I have done and am doing now epidural shots, chiropractor, and rehab. After the latest four weeks of this I find my back is hurting more and the burning/cold sciatica down my left leg has not improved. I have dealt with this for four years with some success, but now I wonder. Is is time to consider surgery? after a certain time period should one give up and look for a surgeon or keep fighting the battle with various rehabilitation techniques?

thanks for your thoughts,

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Re: severe lumbar stenosis

We sound like same back but in reverse. I had acdf in 07 and L4-5 in 01. Four years is a long time to battle this, and I guess it really depends on your pain and quality of life. I got mine done because my quality of life and pain levels were horrible. It affected my ability to walk and function. It really is a case by case decision based on your needs. I hope this helps some!
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