I'm a newbie. First post. In my 60's. I'm sure many of you will recognize my story as your own in dealing with pain. I have had increasing pain for over 15 years, and now I can't work and can't get disability. I have had decompression surgery on L4-L5 (which they call a foraminotomy ) with no success. I have had all the shots, patches, physical therapy, etc. for years. Instead of spending my money on vacations as I had dreamed, all my money goes to doctors. The pain is especially bad after a couple hours of sleep, where my butt hurts in the general area just above the crack, and the pain goes down both legs to my feet. I am on Oxycontin ER, morphine ER and IR, amitriptyline, baclofen, and duloxitine.
The MRI's say I have a little arthritis, moderate L4-5 lateral recess stenosis, maybe a tiny tear there, a bone spur on my tailbone, but nothing that makes them stand back in shock. Boy, if this is moderate, I'd hate to see what severe looks like.
So, for those who have stenosis, what do you find is the best way to get out of the pain episodes? It's not always severe, but it's always there, and when it is, it feels like I don't want to move.