Friday, September 23, 2011

I have spinal stenosis

I sometimes go to Google to find out what the newest is on the health issues I have. I found that there is a difference between cervical and lumbar stenosis. I'm not sure what that is. I'll be exploring further. But there are some things that are recommended for the treatment of stenosis from WebMD.

  • Education about the course of your condition and how to relieve symptoms.
  • Medicines to relieve pain and inflammation, such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Exercise, to maintain or achieve overall good health. Aerobic exercise-especially riding a stationary bicycle (which allows you to lean forward)-can relieve symptoms.
  • Weight loss, to relieve symptoms and slow progression of the stenosis.
  • Physical therapy, to provide education, instruction, and support for your self-care. Physical therapy helps you learn stretching and strength exercises that may lead to a decrease in pain and other symptoms.

     Web MD is a great source of overall info. I'm now taking an anti-inflammatory to help with the pain and it does seem to be working. As for weight loss and exercise, I seem to have a huge mental block against both. I did go to physical therapy but it was focused on my knee due to the surgery I'd had. And it did work for the knee. I am sorry to say that I was appalled at the cost of the therapy. Even though the Medicare and additional insurance paid, I am not going back unless it's necessary. My treatment was about 300 dollars, 3 times a week. I am just appalled. And glad I have insurance.

1 comment:

  1. Getting old is the pits. I have back problems and I sympathize with you. Back pain is the worst.