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    Old 11-08-2017, 05:49 PM   #1
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    Spinal stenosis

    Just wondering how people deal with muscle spasms in legs??

     
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    Old 11-11-2017, 08:23 AM   #2
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    Re: Spinal stenosis

    I suppose it depends on what is causing them. Some people take magnesium supplements. I always found using a heating pad across the lower back was helpful.

    Do you have pain when walking and standing?

     
    Old 11-11-2017, 08:22 PM   #3
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    Lots of difficulty standing even for short time. Muscles spasms tighten buttock and thigh of one leg.

     
    Old 11-13-2017, 07:31 AM   #4
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    Re: Spinal stenosis

    Have you had a MRI of the lumbar spine? Has anyone suggested you need surgery to decompress a spinal nerve?

     
    Old 11-13-2017, 08:26 AM   #5
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    Re: Spinal stenosis

    Thank you for your reply. I have had an MRI and it is showing facet joint syndrome. Treatment now is physio but will be seeing neurologist to determine which nerves are compressed. Then maybe a consult at spine clinic. Everyone says surgery is last resort. Very hard to manage with this condition.

     
    Old 11-13-2017, 04:53 PM   #6
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    Re: Spinal stenosis

    Surgery is always the last resort. On the other hand, if your central canal is badly narrowed, it is a fairly easy surgery, as spine surgeries go.

    I have had four lumbar surgeries including being fused from L3-S1 in 2010. One level up, at L2-3, my central canal was almost completely closed as of this past summer. I just had surgery to open it up last month. It was down using microscopic instruments with a one night stay in hospital. My pain was handled with Tylenol. Compared to my other surgeries, it was easy!

    I don't know if you have central canal or foraminal stenosis or if there are other issues, too...so you may need a more invasive surgery. I do know that severe stenosis undermines the quality of life.

     
    Old 11-13-2017, 06:17 PM   #7
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    I know surgery works for many. The MRI does not show stenosis yet I have lots of leg symptoms that are consistent with stenosis. Bit of a puzzle and I have difficulty standing for even a short time. Good to hear success stories with back surgery. I am really not functional at the moment yet was quite active four months ago. Are you able to be active and do normal activities?

     
    Old 11-14-2017, 06:15 AM   #8
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    Re: Spinal stenosis

    Do you have pain in one leg, both legs or is it the muscle spasms that keep you from being able to stand?

    Stenosis is one thing that shows up clearly on MRI. Have they explored other possible causes for the muscle cramps?

    I am able to do most things, some in moderation. Things that involve a lot of bending, like when I garden, need to be done in moderation. I have no pain when walking.

     
    Old 11-14-2017, 02:36 PM   #9
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    I do hear that people seem to have good results with minimal surgery. I have had a trying day today in terms of walking and standing. Will do physio again tomorrow. Did physio work for any of your stuff before opting for surgery?

     
    Old 11-14-2017, 02:42 PM   #10
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    Re: Spinal stenosis

    In a word, NO. Nothing.

     
    Old 11-15-2017, 02:44 PM   #11
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    Re: Spinal stenosis

    I will continue with physio for time being although not much in the way of positive results. He is trying mechanical traction for awhile at least until neurology report. Thank you for your replies

     
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