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    Hi! I’m new.

    I think I found a group I can relate to! I, too, have multiple health challenges:
    #bipolardisorder2 (w/major depression)
    #PTSD
    #Arthritis
    #SpinalStenosis
    #Anxiety
    #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder
    #KidneyDisease
    #Neurodermatitis
    #ChronicMigraines
    #Fibromyalgia
    Thanks for welcoming me here! I have enjoyed reading the posts.

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    I'm new here!

    Hi, my name is Survivalmode. I'm here because
    I am struggling to cope with so many symtoms from my illness. Was diagnosed with fms, cfs, spinal stenosis 3 years ago after suffering many years and recently osteoarthritis in my knees and wrists. I was getting next to no help from my last gp , basically just given painkillers and told to get on with it. I have recently changed my gp but have yet to get proper help . I feel like my symtoms are getting worse and daily life has become such a struggle. Like many , I was a very active person, worked 2 jobs , worked out almost daily , walked miles , was always going out and generally living life . Now I'm constantly exhausted, worrying about my dad and trying to be there for him , trying to be there for my daughter who has bpd and trying to make time for my son and grandson . I'm not only physically exhausted but mentally too aswell as emotionally. I'm in a constant battle with myself everyday. Everything seems such a fight to be heard, listened too or sometimes even believed. Unsure where I go from here so hoping anyone can help with tips , or things that have helped you.

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    I'm new here!

    Hi, my name is Rna2. I'm here because my husband suffers from these onset chronic episodes of gagging or dry heaving I have been researching this for almost 2 yrs now with hopes of fixing this for him because it’s hurting the quality of his life and self esteem my husband is so smart genuine good good hearted and hilarious he’s always been the best of the best some have been intimidated and were assholes and most saw his greatness and love him but mostly my husband is the best of the best and btw did I say smart wow is he ever!!!! Anyway it’s interesting to see the caliber of those that were assholes and those that love my husband if you get my drift anyway yes I’m going down the rabbit hole but getting back on track here …lol it’s breaking my heart to see my husband suffer from these episodes originally I thought maybe he had cvs cylic vomiting syndrome then I thought because of his history of motor cross racing and the damage to his back along with spinal stenosis it may be due to pressure on nerves then I thought maybe it was due to his love of vodka along with his gerd but I now know it’s anxiety related because this began during a time in our life where he started experiencing sone very real stressful situations that’s when this came into play and I’ve noticed something regarding ice …( cold has always calmed him) my husband still is under enormous stress daily more than the norm at least more than he’s ever known before because he was an only child from a family that coddled him anyway I’ve noticed as soon as he has these episodes if I run and grab ice packs from the freezer as soon as he holds them in his hands the episode either goes away right away or they don’t end up occurring I want to fix this I want the man I love to enjoy life and be happy without this gagging anxiety thing taking his best life from him I’ve also noticed that when I am a typical sometimes over emotional female where I have an adult temper tantrum here and there lol it does Exacerbate the episodes so now obviously I control my emotional impulses lol btw I’ve recently began Menopause so let ne tell you lol that my strength to wheel in my emotions at times is a With no explanation shows how much I live this man and want him to be healthy happy and confident mall woman understand what I’m saying because trust me at times omg I want to rip the skin off my body lol ok anyway I’m on this forum because I want to figure out how to help my husband get his life back

    #MightyTogether

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    How do you combat stress?

    Hi Friends,

    What a year it's been, my stepsons father passed unexpectedly and so we've been dealing with that, it hasn't been long since my own father died, so it's been weird. A dear friend (like a mom to me) is also not doing well. Art has been my saving grace through everything going on lately, and I'm lucky to have a few commissions at the moment to keep my brain busy. Before painting, when i was trapped in bed, i used to meditate a lot. What are some ways that you use to combat stress? I sure could use any advice! (my latest painting below) #Stress #Anxiety #Art #ArtTherapy #spinalcordstimulator #BackPain #SpinalStenosis #neckpain #ChronicMigraines #PsoriaticArthritis #Depression

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    Advice?

    My husband and I are flying to see family at the end of this month. In a concise nutshell, L4 & L5 advanced spinal stenosis, herniated disc(s), osteoarthritis in both knees. Steroid shots in back went well. Tried steroid shots (Dec '99 and June '22). Both steroid & gel shots relieved nothing. Taking Gabapentin and prescribed lidocaine patches. Seeing pain management in just over a week. Hoping, praying, and not sure what to expect.....
    I know I will require a wheelchair during flight transfers and layover. Can anyone recommend travel tips? I'm presently using a cane daily and am severely limited in mobility.
    #SpinalStenosis #TravelTips

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    Working again

    I'm in bed from pain, so thought I'd catch up here. This is one of the latest paintings I've done. I've started doing portrait commissions again too! Such a big step for me since i haven't in over a decade! I'm already in over my head, but I'm very happy to be working again. 😁 Thinking of myself last year this time, stuck in bed almost all the time and so depressed. It's just something I never thought I'd be able to do again. Thank you to all the mighty cheerleaders that have helped me to start living again! 💙 #FailedBackSurgery #spinalcordstimulator #SpinalStenosis #BackPain #neckpain #ChronicMigraines #PsoriaticArthritis #Depression #MiniStroke #AnkylosingSpondylitis

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    Just another new introspective piece

    Finding that painting again is really helping me cope with my chronic pain :) #ChronicPain #chronicmigraine #BackPain #neckpain #SpinalStenosis #ArtTherapy #Art #Depression

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    Back to painting

    Hi Mighty Friends! I'm back, but i had a couple of good months! Got to travel and visit my new nephews, got to some museums and had a good summer. How was your summer? I'm going to a neurosurgeon soon because of my neck issues. Always something, isn't it? Glad to be painting again, though, it really helps. #PsoriaticArthritis #BackPain #spinalcordstimulator #Art #ArtTherapy #neckpain #SpinalStenosis #chronicmigraine #ChronicMigraineSyndrome #Anxiety

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    It's a bad day for my body.

    I am having such a rough time today and yesterday. Headaches and pain so bad that I had to leave work yesterday early and called out today. It just gets to be so depressing and hopeless. I am mentally and physically exhausted. It would be so much easier to just throw in the towel. I try to be positive and keep my "everything is good" mask on my face. I just wanted to let out what I was feeling. Better to share than to hold it in. #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #Chronicpainwarrior #Fibromyalgia #ChronicFatigue #SpinalStenosis #DegenerativeDiscDisease #painsucks
    #Migraine #iwanttogiveup

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    Pain Management

    I am 53 and have suffered with fibromyalgia and neck pain. I had an MRI that showed spinal stenosis and osteoarthritis. The pain in my neck has been there for over 17 years. I have gone to chiropractors, physical therapy, pain medication, tried dry needling. It is to the point that I need more long lasting relief.
    I went to pain management. I was given muscle relaxers and a referral to have spinal ablation. I have had 3 medial blocks to pin point the nerves causing the pain. Today I was finally able to schedule the ablation. My question is, has anyone had this procedure? Was it successful and for how long did the pain relief lasted?
    #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #Osteoarthritis