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Young with spinal stenosis

Started by Cayschwa3 on 12/11/2017 8:23pm

Hey guys I am 23 just diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Three months ago I had my son. I got an epidural and after having him my back started going numb as well my whole body would collapse randomly while bending over I also get sharp pains and shooting pains in my back butt and leg. It started with my arm going numb then my whole back then to my leg. It was so bad one night my whole leg was numb and my husband had to help me to the toilet. My doctor brushed it off saying a lot of women have what I was experiencing even herself and it was just nerve damage and would take up to a year to repair itself. But just to be safe we did a mri and come to show it was spinal stenosis she believes extensive physical therapy will be enough to heal it but as well to be safe I have to go see what a specialist says about surgery. I am a stay at home mom and can barely do daily thing without having to sit down or when running errands just go home the pains that bad. I’m terrified while holding my son it will give out and been doing research and most days physical therapy just helps manage the pain but also says surgery hasn’t had the best results either I’m lost and scared being this young and already having it. None the less have no idea if it’s due to the epidural and it they committed malpractice if it is. Reason being I have never had any of this until I had my son. Any advice or insight on this would be greatly appreciated . Thanks

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Hello, Cayschwa3--thanks for your post! We are sorry to read about your discovery of spinal stenosis shortly after having your baby. Caring for a child is hard enough without having to deal with the pain of this spinal condition.

We aren't medical doctors, so we can't comment on any connection between spinal stenosis and your epidural. However, we have a wealth of information about spinal stenosis that we think you'll be interested in. You can access it all via our Spinal Stenosis Center: ( Spinal Stenosis Center ). On the left side of this page, you'll see links to detailed articles on everything on from spinal stenosis causes to treatments.

Most patients with spinal stenosis respond well to non-surgical therapies, but if surgery is the right next step for you, we recommend browsing Dr. Anand's blog: ( Spine Surgery Advice ). Dr. Anand is a spine surgeon who does an excellent job of painting a realistic picture of spine surgery. We think it's an excellent read for anyone considering spine surgery.

We hope this information helps as you learn more about spinal stenosis and consider your treatment path. We wish you the very best and hope you get some relief soon!


I had a similar episode in my twenties and it got better, or so i thought. Nobody told me how serious the warning signs were so i kept pushing my body. In my forties and in a similar boat for a few years now. You must consider that studies have shown that two years of physical therapy and help rebuilding the surrounding parts of your body is superior to surgery for people with spinal stenosis. Keep in mind that 33% of surgeries are successful 33% leave you the same but an alarming 33% leave you far worse than you already are. Being as young as you are take into consideration the life long maintenance needed for back surgery, components moving, wearing out, etc... Epidural Injections have an even smaller success rate with serious side effects for many and are not even FDA approved for back treatment.

Ive gone through the stress, anxiety, depression, and months of sitting at home hoping for a miracle recovery. The truth is that I learned to count my blessings. Yes, I can no longer do some, not all, but some of my former activities and I live a life with physical limitations but I get to live it. Who cares if I can no longer walk for blocks or pick up heavy objects and need a good sitting spot nearby.

Focus on giving therapy a good solid try, I went from not being able to straighten up, sit for over two minutes, stand for over two minutes to walking a lot more and standing and sitting for longer periods.

The key was to listen to my body when it was telling me it was time to get up and move or sit down and even lie down now and then to avoid another long term at home spine sabbatical. You will have those weeks now and then when you begin this vicious circle all over again but with therapy and training you can make the good days far outnumber the bad ones. Unless your job requires heavy lifting or a lot of standing/walking you should be ok. If possible invest in proper lumbar support seating. Perhaps a couch at the office for when your body wont sit or stand any longer.

The nerve issues have also gone down significantly with daily small doses of Gabapatin and Tramadol, the key to that is also to listen to when your body tells you to stop, you've already gotten a small taste of what happens when you do not. Keep in mind what spinal stenosis entails and the effect it will have on you as you age. Your body will naturally want to curl up all the time and you'll notice your bending slightly when you stand and walk and then you'll be bending more and more until you can no longer straighten up. If it ever gets to this point buy yourself a good cane and use it to help you walk and straighten up as you put some weight on it. Im sure you've seen people who hold their hands behind their back, its for a reason. This allows you to straighten up while applying comfort pressure to the area.