Thursday, October 10, 2019

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

After battling chronic back pain for the last couple of weeks I finally went to the doctor.  The truth is, I've actually been getting bouts of back pain for the last few years, but I just pushed it aside and got on with my life.  Sometimes it was worse than other times and I couldn't move at all.  This time, I had pushed some heavy tables at school, felt my back go, and put that down as to the cause.
The fact is, pushing those tables only exasperated the problem I didn't know I had.
I knew my back was weakening and actually felt as if I was losing some of my mobility.  But I just put that down as being somehow related to the Tram Flap reconstruction surgery I had had in 2004 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, where they used my stomach muscle to create a new breast.
I had never thought that it might actually be a disease of sorts.  That had never crossed my mind.
My doctor asked lots of questions, poked and prodded my back, twisted me around and then declared that I had a classic case of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and booked me in for an MRI to see how far it has progressed.
It turns out that various ailments I had been suffering from the last few years were all related to my lower spine.  But, myself and previous doctors had always treated them in isolation and never connected them together.  When you put them together, then you have a classic case of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis.  My advice to you, is if you are reading this and have been getting some or all of these symptoms, go and see a doctor right away and get checked for Spinal Stenosis.
These are the symptoms I have had the last few years;
1. Chronic lower back pain where I feel like I have been cut in half and not put back properly.
2. Burning pain in lower back.
3. Chronic hip pain.
4. Cramps in the calf muscles.
5. Finding it hard to walk properly and sometimes limping.
6. Completely imobilised thinking my sciatic nerve is pinched.
7. Pain and stiffness across my upper back, sometimes even my neck. Muscles go into spasm and tense up.
8. Numbness and loss of feeling in my feet.
9. Pain in feet when walking.
10.  Unsteady on feet, struggling to get balance especially when climbing stairs, stepping onto escalators and stepping over objects.
11.  Struggle to control bladder.
12. Difficulty getting up out of a chair, sometimes walking a few steps with your back bent before you can straighten it.
13.  Unable to stand for any length of time when washing dishes or hanging up washing, as your back starts hurting so badly you have to sit down.
14.  Not able to walk long distances without stopping somewhere and sitting down as your back hurts so much.
15. Needing to lean on a supermarket trolley when shopping, as your back starts to hurt if you walk around carrying a basket.
I have found, that my back hurts less when I wear a backpack as that makes me lean forward when I walk.
All these symptoms I thought was just a product of ageing, and I guess in a way it is as you tend to get this when you are over 50.
As I discover treatments and strategies to ease the back pain, I'll share them with you.
Cindy Vine is the author of Not Telling, The Case of Billy B, Defective, CU@8, Hush Baby and The Freedom Club.  All her books are available in both paperback and ebook format on

1 comment:

Virginia said...

Recently, a business associate shared with me an intriguing story about someone with back pain...

Michelle Onoff is a successful yoga instructor. Yet for some reason, she suffered with lower back pain.

As a chiropractor, and someone in the healthcare field, I was fascinated by this.

I don't know about you, but I was under the impression that yoga instructors, given their active, stretch-filled, muscle-focused, posture-perfect profession and lifestyle, would be the LAST PEOPLE ON EARTH to experience back pain.

Actually, I was kind of shocked.

If a health-minded yoga instructor can be dealt a crippling back pain blow, what does this say about the rest of us?

Here's Michelle story in her own words. I think it'll inspire hope if you're suffering...

"I was feeling very weak in my core area. And I was having some radiating pain in my lower back.

And I was going to the doctors, and they were telling me things like you need to have disc replacement.

You need to have all these surgeries...

You need to be on these pain medications;

And they wanted to put me through a lot of surgical procedures...

I didn’t want to do ANY of that. But the pain was so bad... I needed some relief.

So I went to two neurosurgeons and I went to a back pain specialist...

The surgeons wanted to operate on me in different places...

… and the back pain specialist wanted to do various procedures, including implanting something permanent in my spine.

I’ve had four procedures that involved needles in my spine, epidurals in my spine and that only gave me a little bit of temporary relief for a couple days.

But it did not cure or really help anything.

It just put a band-aid on a pain for couple of days and that was it.

After my first session of Back Pain Relief4Life, I felt an opening in my back that I haven’t felt in a long time.

I felt stronger to my core and I felt that that radiating burning heat pain that I was feeling, seem to dissipate a little bit.

It seemed to just open up my back in general.

And then after my second session today, I noticed EVEN MORE the stretch in my lower back and more strengthening in muscles that had been weak that I think might help support my lower back.

I was VERY SKEPTICAL about doing Back Pain Relief4Life. Because, as I am a yoga instructor, I feel very knowledgeable in anatomy. And how to help people that come to me in pain.

But I was not aware of certain muscles that I was not using in the body that might help my lower back."

- Michelle Onoff

Here's the back pain program she's referring to:

==>Back Pain Relief 4 Life

I share this with you today because if you suffer from back pain (like 3/4 of the population), I'm told this pain relief program WORKS WONDERS.

People, in as little as 16 minutes, have experienced nothing less than total relief. Do nothing more than a specific sequence of 8 simple, pain-relieving movements.

Sounds incredible, but yet Michelle is a prime example.

See for yourself. Especially if you're being told surgery, needles and medication are in your immediate future.

==>Back Pain Relief 4 Life

You've got nothing to lose.

Rajinder Singh

PS: My personal takeaway? Michelle was humble to admit yoga wasn't working for her.

To me? That takes guts.

She was also smart enough to stay away from drugs and surgery when there were other more natural options.

But sometimes, one gets to the point where you'll try ANYTHING to get even a little bit of relief. If you're at that point, I encourage you to check out:

==>Back Pain Relief 4 Life