Severe spinal stenosis

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  1. stepvan

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    + 1 for a chair
     
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    Btw I'm 54.
     
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    Do more seated playing with a support under behind your rear (like a folded towel) to keep your back from hunching.
     
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    Thanks good advice.
     
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    That's same diagnosis.

    Just curious if this had caused anyone the necessity of changing your job because it aggravates the pain?
     
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    My spine now sits in almost constant contact with my sciatic nerve in my back, aside from exercising, meds and trying to keep my weight down a chair comes in handy if it flairs up. The bad of it is it will hit the nerve in the right way and cause you to go down if you are not careful.
     
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    I'm an IT guy so my job just gives me headaches.

    Things went sideways for me in my early 50s, maybe a little younger than you are. I didn't have to change my job, but there were sure a lot of things that I really enjoyed that I couldn't do any more - like hockey, baseball, mountain biking, home renovations etc...
     
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    By 49 I had to change my carpentry work from full time to part time and could never be certain if I might have one of those days when the pain was too great for even a 6 hour shift.
    This fall I planned to apply for disability because I just can't stay upright for more than maybe 6 hours and can't be reliably on time and at work for a scheduled shift, plus the work hours cut into upright hours spent on home essentials like cooking and taking out the trash etc.

    But due to this past dumpster fire year I was unable to apply, complicated but you are not allowed to work a job when waiting for a decision, and I don't have the option of paying the bills with no income for six months.

    Changed my job as much as possible and work maintenance where they accept that I cannot for example install a 100lb AC unit.
    I LOVE working so it sucks to have diminished capacity.
    As does diminished income!
     
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    I can't even remember a day with no headache!

    You mentioned spurs with you list, my old man had that and AFAIK it's like little pointy bone bits in the spinal canal that jab at the column.
    Don't think I have those but I suppose it may be one of my future NAD's.

    New Ailment Day!
     
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    I'm on disability because of my spine.I can't stand and play very long.I have to use a chair which is tough with a V guitar.
     
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    Oh...I forgot...I also got rid of my riding lawnmower---it was killing my back.
     
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    Prayers and get-well wishes for everyone's back problems! OP and everyone else who has chimed in with back problems.
     
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    Can’t speak directly to your diagnosis, but as someone with a much longer than average spine, I will add to words. Core strengthening. Your core holds you up and a strong one holds you erect. Cyclists who ride road bikes also greatly benefit from a strong core. To that end, I have various core strengthening exercises as part of my daily regimen.
     
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    Ms. 24 ended up having 2X10" titanium rods placed in her spine due to stenosis , mobility is an issue now , but we keep on smiling
     
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    Hmmm, Flying V is an old design, maybe us boomers need a new Sitting V?
     
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    Good advice here.

    IME, the first effort should be to get strong. Your spine needs all the help it can get, and the musculature that supports your spine is where your focus should be - including stomach and "core."

    A good physical therapist is crucial here, because it's all too easy to make matters worse with the wrong types of exercise at the wrong time. Pilates, yoga, etc, are all good, under the care of a qualified PT.

    It's a long road, but you should see some results after 90 days or so, and you can also begin to add more exercises and activity as well.

    Medications for pain and inflammation will probably be important as well, in support of your physical training, and with all the above caveats. Opioid dependence is to be avoided at all costs, so again, an engaged, careful medical team is important.

    It goes without saying that carrying too much weight just exacerbates the problem and makes any therapies less effective. Fortunately, more exercise and taking better care of oneself will help you succeed in this area as well.

    It will be worth the work.
     
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    I have cervical radiculopathy that has slowly improved over the last 3 months with therapy. My symptoms are nearly resolved. I hope you feel better soon- spine problems are pretty debilitating.
     
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    Possibly replace the Vee w/ a Parker Fly - the originals were brilliant & light.

    I find core work reduces my chronic back pain.
    This includes walking to work (a couple miles) and a gradual process of other back strengthening activities (including stretching, balance, yoga, cardio, free weights and no heroics).
    Oddly enough, I found myself using fewer pain meds, esp anti-inflammatory pills when I learned they were vaso-constrictors and impaired circulation to my legs and arms.

    But - this is the internet - medical advise on a guitar site is inherently risky.
    A real doc, D.O., Phys Therapist, or gym trainer may get you more specific and less dangerous suggestions.
    I wish you pain relief - Deeve
     
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    My perspective (I know a lot about spines due to personal experience): Do NOT start with a physical therapist. Start by going to a good spine doctor - one of the best in your region. How to find one if you don't know otherwise? Who teaches spine surgery at the best medical school in your area? Go to him/her or ask him/her who's good. Then get a medical diagnosis based on xrays, an MRI, and maybe some nerve conduction tests, so you know what is causing your symptoms. If your symptoms are being caused by something that would respond to getting stronger/more flexible, then by all means focus on that, go to a good physical therapist. But if your symptoms are caused by nerve roots being pinched inside the spine by things that aren't going to change without surgery, then by all means get as strong as you can, but don't avoid surgery if that's going to fix you and nothing else will.

    I had to have six lumbar spine surgeries over the last 10 years to address all the issues in my spine (some of it was genetic, some of it caused by radiation damage to my lumbar bones) because the nerve roots were pinched in multiple places, causing stabbing pain, muscle tightness and cramps, voltage sensations, numbness in the areas served by the particular pinched nerves (with lumbar nerves, the symptoms are going to be in your butt/legs, with nerve pinching in your upper back, the symptoms would be in your arms/hands). The ONLY cure was to operate to remove the degenerated bone, protruding discs, calcification, etc. that was pinching the nerves, and then when enough material was removed to destabilize the spine, adding bracing of various kinds (plastic blocks to replace disks in front, rods and screws to stabilize in back). Physical therapy helped me stay strong and improve my endurance, but it was absolutely not able to stop the pinching of the nerves at the roots. After the last operation un-pinched the last of the several areas, I've been fine, though my xrays look quite similar to Robo-Cop's xrays now.
     
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    I've had stenosis for over 20 years and has gotten progressively worse. I've tried all sorts of remedies that have helped for a while. I'm even had shots in my back. But they wear off also. I can't stand up for more than 10 minutes maybe 15 but even then, I'll have to sit in the recliner or lay down for a while. Sitting in the chair doesn't even work, it's almost worse.
     
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