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Old 02-21-2012, 12:24 PM   #3
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Re: L4/L5 Spine problems

Hello, I also have been recently diagnosed with stenosis, or narrowing of L4/L5 and my left hip area aches. I got my first epidural last week, they give a total of three, one month apart and the goal, according to the doctor, is 50% pain relief in 6 months time.
I also started physical therapy and I'm going to try everything possible before I have surgery, just want it as the very last resort only. My left hip feels weak as well and therefore I use a cane or hang on to the shopping cart, being slightly bent forward helps.
I am also told this is a very common problem for people with arthritis.
My advise is to try everything first, however, if the pain or quality of life becomes unbearable, they have surgery and many people do say they have had good results.