Spinal Stenosis

Hi all!

I went to a pain management Dr as suggested by my Rheumatologist. I have Spinal Stemosis on top of RA Antiphosolipid syndrome. My knees are shot and now my shoulders, feet, and elbows hurt. Yikes! The Pain Dr said I will probably need epidural shots in my back and gel shots in my knees. Needless to say I’m scared silly. Has anyone had any of these shots done?

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Women have epidural injections for pain relief for having babies, so don't worry yourself. People have plenty of practice giving them and they work well for a while.

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A number of years ago I was diagnosed with Scheumanns disease and some of my discs have imploded, the only pain relief that helped so I could still work was epidural injections. I had a few over a number of years in my back and all were successfull. If you want any more info feel free to ask and if I can help l will.

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I go back to the Dr Thursday with the results from the MRI and knee X-rays. Will wait and see what he says. If the relieve the pain and i won’t have to wear that big and cumbersome back brace I will go for it. Thanks for responding! Have a great day

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Anytime. Just say and ill share anything that may help

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Don't know if this might help, EdieB, there are additional discussions about Spinal Stenosis at forums:

. . . • NRAS: healthunlocked.com/search/s...

. . . • Pain Concern: healthunlocked.com/search/%...

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About Epidurals at:

. . . • NRAS: healthunlocked.com/search/e...

. . . • Pain Concern: healthunlocked.com/search/e...

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About Antiphosolipid at:

. . . • All HU (HealthUnlocked) forums: healthunlocked.com/search/a...

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Wishing you speedy relief (& freedom from 'scared silliness'), EdieB. 🙏 🍀 🌺 🌞

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I was booked in for epidurals into my lumbar area last year, by the Pain Clinic, but declined. Reason I declined is that they don't always give desired result and I was on steroids anyway. I took Prednisolone and codeine instead. I was dx with spinal stenosis in 2002 when C3 subluxed onto C4 resulting in cervical decompression and fixation. Apparently I have a constitutionally narrow canal, some people are just born that way. Ask what the alternatives are if you don't want the epidural.

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Not sure what I want except to wake up from this nightmare lol

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Yes, I have spinal stenosis as well (with long standing RA). I have had one epidural and will be going this week for a second one at a spine center in NYC. From what I know it is the way to go, otherwise, one has to add on major meds. or narcotics for the pain. I also go to a swim/exercise class three times per week. For spinal stenosis streatching is also very good. I hope you can get some relief. You must keep going and keep the faith.

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Thanks so much for your encouragement. I’m new to both RA and Stenosis but probably had both for a while. I know that I should be trying to exercise and stretch but I’m in a lot of pain. The Leflunomide hasn’t kicked in yet and I can hardly walk some days. I’m still working so by the time I come home I’m done. I plan my cleaning and chores one room at a time.

It is so depressing at times but I keep on telling myself to put my big girl pants on and move on!

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