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AGe limits and present exercise regimen

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,000
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Spinal Stenosis
Hello...I am new to the list and I need some advice. I am a 75 year old woman in good physical condition. I have been diagnosed with L3,L4,L5 and S1 stenosis ranging from mild to severe. I have a Grade 1 anterolisthesis L4,L5. I have consulted one neurosurgeon who tells me fusion is necessary. I am going for a second opinion in September, if not sooner. Is there an age limit on spinal fusions? Right now I am mobile, much to the first surgeon's amazement. I can walk five miles with a little slow jogging with no problem. I lift weights and am a devoted follower of kickboxing tapes, although I think my efforts would amuse some. I am 5'3-1/2" and weigh about 125 pounds. Is it ok to continue with the weights for now? Can I worsen the problems with light kettlebell exercise? I show small dogs, (around 20 pounds) and it is necessary for me to lift them onto a grooming table for grooming and for judging. I really would like to finish this show season in October. But do not know if this is a silly goal. I go for my second epidural on Tuesday. The first lasted about 3-1/2 months. Any opinions would be welcome. <):)


  • I think it's up to the surgeon who's going to do the surgery to accept you as a surgery candidate. I have a friend who's 78 snd she was going to have the surgery but decided against it. Talk to your Surgeon and see if he's done fusion on someone your age and has faired out well. It's also a shame you couldn't get a little ramp for the dogs to go up on the table? I don't know if that's possible. I would relax with doing smaller weights and let the Dr know what type of excercise you do. I hope you have someone to help you recover and be wth you after surgery. Are you single? My Father is very fit for 74 plays golf and fit and walks and had both knees done and old fracture in foot repaired and he's good to go. Best wishes and keep us posted. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • Walk 5 miles - I can walk about 300 yds without my cane. With my cane, I can keep going most of the day, but it takes pacing IE [20 minu for meditation-relaxation, a couple times a day too. and meds to control the pain.

    I have severe stenosis, L3-L4 and other areas.

    Try getting more advice and think about what your level of activity is compared to your peers.

    Hope you have a good day!
  • I think I could handle the pain I have with epidurals, I take as few OTC pain meds as possible. But Im afraid if I end up having to do the surgery it would be too late if I keep on puttin it off. It's the side effects that plague me. I have had a sort diarrhea which is not CDIF or any of the other bugs and I suspect it's spine related. It came on suddenly after a month of sciatic problems (sudden loss of feeling in leg which I would walk thru) I'm due for another epidural tomorrow and I will see if it helps. Sure hope so.
    I wish there was a ramp for my dogs, but unfortunately not for terriers. :<
  • I notice that there is a line and the diagnosis listed under it. I am not sure how to do this. HELP?
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  • Thank you gwennie...Your MIL sounds like a woman after my own heart. Your comment about it getting worse as I age underlined my own worries.
  • Although I'm a firm believer in "putting things out there" thru meditation...I have an awful feeling that you're right.
    That they'll all agree on fusion.
    I had my second epidural yesterday and it's starting to kick in. I feel better. But it's taking longer to start helping and the procedure hurt more.
    A little comedy relief...In a hurry, I clipped the written report onto the wrong disk, so the doctor and tech were bemused by a studio shot of two of my puppies. "is this the CD you got from the lab?" "Oh yes"I said.
    Fortunately he was able to pinpoint problem area from written report. 8}
  • I've had too drs. with both epidurals and not one has said anything one way or another. Thanks for the info. I'll take it to heart next time...It's way too late this time....Humph!
  • You seem to be resigned to Fusion as your only surgical option. I never accepted that option without doing lots of research and I eventually found a surgeon who told me that it was actually not the only option. He suggested decompression. I had it done in February last and now I am pain free after suffering for 5 years with the dreadful and debilitating pain of Lower Lumbar Stenosis. It also sounds to me that you are a very active and indeed a very fit person and therefore you need to look at the restrictions that may possibly be placed upon you in the future by choosing fusion over decompression, particularly if you want to continue all your present activities.

    Remember it is your body and you are in charge so don't accept anything less than you so rightly deserve deserve.

    John B
  • Thanks, I'll look into it.
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