Question about Spinal Stenosis injections or surgery
Patient : Dear Doctor,
I am a 62 year old African American woman. About a year ago, I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis. Since then, I have gone thru PT and a couple of medications programs including prednisone (which I couldn't tolerate past the second day). PT was ok for a while but the treatment that has been most helpful in managing my discomfort is Acupuncture and a combination of volteran and Aleve. My 'ace in the hole' is the injection then surgery if nothing else works. I am learning that no treatment is full proof and there will always be good and bad days. I cannot exercise regularly but try to walk 30 minutes a day as often as I can before the aggravation starts again and have had to give up bowling. I am sure that treatment depends on the individual. I guess my question is concerning the injections and the surgery. Would either of those methods reduce my symptoms beyond what I am feeling now? Is it my condition now something I will have to live with (acupuncture and pills)? I am willing to eventually try the injection but surgery is another thing. Is it a myth that back surgery isn't effective or successful?
Any information you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for taking the time for respond.
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