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Old 05-21-2002, 10:25 AM   #1
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spinal stenosis & disability

Hi all
It's been awhile since I have posted--I just love this group though ! I was just wondering if anyone that has spinal stenosis has ever applied for disability or does receive it for having spinal stenosis ? Actually I am going through two different things now and have been for quite some time. I am 42 and have been going through my change for at least the past 4-5 years, but am on prempro for the hotflashes--the irritability is another story...I am on prozac right now to see if it will help my depression, anxiety and all of the other symptoms that I have been feeling. You know how you just don't feel like yourself. I have been on I don't know HOW MANY different meds in the past year for these womanly strange feelings and NOTHING seems to help. Sometimes it makes me wonder if going through my change and the excruciating pain at times from my back, all stems into one thing ! I guess I mean, it's bad enough that I'm going through my change , but is my pain in my back adding to my depression ?????
Then I think ok---spinal stenosis is actually an aging process that does not normally happen until your 50's or after, people usaully don't go through there change this early in life--so am I abnormal ? My DR. told me that my body is aging faster than I am--is that why I am going through my change too ????? I probably didn't make much sense trying to explain this--but I tried ! any comments-suggestions are most certainely welcome !
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Old 05-21-2002, 10:41 AM   #2
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Re: spinal stenosis & disability


I thought I would let you know I am reading your post. I may not be too much help here. If nothing else I am here for you.
What I have learned in EMT and EMT-I class and from seeing so many people that I have taken in by Ambulance is that Chronic pain can make depression worse and it may also cause depression in it self.
I know what you are saying about your body aging faster in some ways. I've had a bad 15 months or so. I had a hysterectomy a year ago April. Back surgery in Jan this year and now looking to have a fusion done soon. Before all this I had back surgery 5 years ago and then soon after I had knee surgery. I am just all falling apart inside but not on the outside. I am only 38 y/o. I hope I helped some how. If not I'm sorry but I will try anytime you just want to talk. <IMG SRC="">

Shirl (also from Wisconsin <IMG SRC=""> )<p>[This message has been edited by EmtShirl (edited 05-21-2002).]

Old 05-21-2002, 09:22 PM   #3
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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.

Old 05-27-2002, 09:01 PM   #4
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Re: spinal stenosis & disability

I am in my early 60tys but I have the back of a 90 year old and that came from the surgeon.

My going down started ten years ago.

I am so sorry you are having the problems at your age!

I too have hot flashes and Have tried everything to get rid of the little demon. I can't prove it but I think the meds for my DDD, Stenosis, and what ever are part of the problem.

I was in the hospital last week, because a tumor that had grown at L5 that was reamed out in July 01! Dr said it was rare but it did happen. It was shutting down the nerves just like the stenosis was doing.

As for the depression I find that 5-htp helps me.

Don't expect those that are not in pain to understand. Most who post here will have that blessed gift of understanding.

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