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Lumbar spinal stenosis

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  • Posted By: freddo
  • August 15, 2007
  • 11:44 PM

I have been diagnosed as having stenosis in the lumbar region of my spine. This has been confirmed by scans and a conductive test of the nerves down the legs. An epidural injection has stopped a lot of the pain but I still have a tingling in all of my toes. I can put up with that but what is bothering me is that I lose my balance when standing. This is bad and has been put down to the stenosis but I cannot find any reference to that anywhere. I am using a walking stick now to help me from falling over. Has anyone had this experience and what did you do about it.
Thanks, Freddo.

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  • I have been diagnosed as having stenosis in the lumbar region of my spine. This has been confirmed by scans and a conductive test of the nerves down the legs. An epidural injection has stopped a lot of the pain but I still have a tingling in all of my toes. I can put up with that but what is bothering me is that I lose my balance when standing. This is bad and has been put down to the stenosis but I cannot find any reference to that anywhere. I am using a walking stick now to help me from falling over. Has anyone had this experience and what did you do about it.Thanks, Freddo. freddo,I was diagnosed for lumbar spinal stenosis in 2003 via an MRI. At first the symptoms were intense pain in both legs and I had to take many many percoset tablets just to sleep. After a span of 4 months the pain was reduced enough so that I could avoid it by just sitting or lying down. This condition settled to a condition of dominant pain in the left leg when attempting to walk but I preferred this situation to having my back opened up for a laminectomy. My primary physician advised me to wait till there was a danger of nerve damage before attempting a laminectomy.2 years ago (2007), I experienced what you are going through now. Both my legs were going numb, where I was falling because I couldn't sense any support. This is the point one has to worry about the possibilty of permanent nerve damage. I am now in the process of seeing more spinal surgeons before going further. I hope I didn't wait too long.Good luck.murrays
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  • Freddo,Balance losses certainly can happen from spinal canal stenosis. Narrowing of the spinal canal places pressure on nerves which in turn can reduce sensation or muscle control in the lower legs and regions supplied by these nerves.I would recommend visiting a physiotherapist for an assessment and advice on exercises which may be beneficial to maintain your balance and strength of your legs. This is important as inactivity is likely to worsen the problem. In addition patients with spinal canal senosis often benefit from exercises that help to 'open' the spinal canal, improve nerve flexibility and restore movement to the spine.Hydrotherapy is also something that could be of particular benefit. Exercise in the water can help to maintain your balance and strength in an environment placing very little pressure on your joints. If you are going to see a physiotherapist - try to see one who has access to a hydrotherapy pool. Hope that helps and good luck,PhysioAdvisor
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  • freddo,I was diagnosed for lumbar spinal stenosis in 2003 via an MRI. At first the symptoms were intense pain in both legs and I had to take many many percoset tablets just to sleep. After a span of 4 months the pain was reduced enough so that I could avoid it by just sitting or lying down. This condition settled to a condition of dominant pain in the left leg when attempting to walk but I preferred this situation to having my back opened up for a laminectomy. My primary physician advised me to wait till there was a danger of nerve damage before attempting a laminectomy.2 years ago (2007), I experienced what you are going through now. Both my legs were going numb, where I was falling because I couldn't sense any support. This is the point one has to worry about the possibilty of permanent nerve damage. I am now in the process of seeing more spinal surgeons before going further. I hope I didn't wait too long.Good luck.murraysI also have lost my balance due to this condition. In March, I fell because of this and broke my arm. I am ready for help. barbi
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  • After reviewing my MRI my neurologist confirmed that I have Lumbar spinal stenosis.My main symptom is falling which I've done more than 50 times since last (2009) summer. I do not have pain or numness in either leg, so am going to a PT to streghten my legs and hope I won't fall anymore. Has anyone else experienced balance problems resulting in falling?Shady Lady
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