It's been a while since I last posted on this site. Briefly I was diagnosed with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis back in 2011. On the advice of the Spinal Unit Bristol I decided against surgery and elected to go the pain management route which eventually settled on Buprenorphine patches. Gradually my mobility got worse to the extent of using a power wheelchair when I go out. My pain level has steadily got worse which has led to needing help with dressing etc.
I recent had cause to see my Doctor who referred me again to the neurosurgeon (A different one). A new MRI on my cervical area revealed severe stenosis narrowing and pressure on the spinal cord. He also examined my earlier MRIs and expressed himself amazed that the lumbar stenosis hadn't been dealt with before. I now await a further MRI to give an up to date view of the lumbar stenosis. He compared a 2011 MRI with a 2013 MRI and stated that the detrioration was significant between the two so he was anxious to see how things stood now, five years on. He is planning two surgeries, one at the lumbar site and another at the neck. I anticipate that both surgeries will prove to be necessary and the recovery period is likely to be difficult to say the least. Perhaps, when I think of all the pain and loss of mobility that I have neen through over the years, I was wrong and should have had surgery in 2011 when it was last offered. I could have saved myself and my family a lot of difficulty. I am now 78 and apart from the spinal difficulties I am remarkably healthy and young for my age, or so I am told.
Has anyone recent experience of one surgery on one part of the spine followed by another in another area of the spine and how the recovery has been affected. I don't expect it to be easy but any information or advice would be welcomed.
Ron and Liz and the other moderators, good to see you are still giving us your help and advice.