Hello all ❤️ I was hospitalized Sept. 2022 for trouble walking, like holding my weight on my legs. Felt like they would cave in. Numbness, ticklish sensation. Many, many MRIs and other exams later, I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, cord compression, etc. Thoracic region. Lumbar isn’t great, but better than thoracic. Cervical is normal.

I’m terrified. I’m only 32 😢 and am not sure what this will mean for my future and independence. I’d love to hear from others who are/have been in a similar predicament. I’ve been working on getting additional opinions from other doctors. I realize I need to actively make some decisions about my care sooner rather than later, but I did not get a good vibe from the neurosurgeon trying to push surgery. I personally think it’s foolish to just go under the knife asap without getting additional input from anyone else. Any experiences shared are appreciated. Tell me the truth but do go easy on me - I have severe anxiety 😭

Thanks everyone 🥰

Disease of spinal cord

Spinal Stenosis

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  • Sophialo123


    Hi, first of all, I understand so much what you are going through. It also took a long time for me to be diagnosed with spinal stenosis. I was about your age when it happened. I tried painkillers and alternative treatments of all kinds but in the end, the only thing that helped me was back surgery. It's a scary and dangerous surgery and it can have quite a few complications, so I don't recommend jumping right into it, but before doing that, find out about it well and whether it's suitable for your specific case, and if so, choose a good and experienced surgeon to do the surgery.

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