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[COLOR="Red"]Hi,

In another post (I bumped this quote up because I did not want to hijack someone elses post), you wrote:[/COLOR]

"With my lumbar stenosis, I developed really severe neurogenic claudication. It felt like a very deep, intense, burning, cramp-like pain in my lower spine, down into both sides of my rear, and down the backs of my thighs. It was a different feeling than the sciatica pains, which were more sharp & stabbing.
That claudication was due to the nerves in my spinal canal and surrounding blood vessels being compressed. I also had bad muscle spasms. This would happen any time I tried to stand up straight and forget about bending backwards....that would bring me to my knees. The only time I got relief was leaning my body on top of a shopping cart or sitting down & bending forward.
Do you find any relief if you bend over? Or does the pain feel worse if you bend backwards?

Were you ever told what type of stenosis you have and what exactly it was caused by? Some are caused by discs pressing into different types of nerves and some are caused by bony overgrowth. I had 2 centrally herniated discs plus alot of spurs and bony overgrowth also inside the vertebrae, plus a long ligament that runs up and down the spine was buckling into my canal. All this transpired for me over 3 1/2 years time until I could no longer walk.

I cannot say what is causing your pain but it's possible it could be claudication. I also think you should see a spine specialist and have an MRI done."


[COLOR="red"]Wow! These symptoms sound so similiar to me. I have had right leg sciatia for over 3 years. Lately, I have been experiencing more and more very deep, intense, burning, cramp-like pain in my lower spine and into both legs. The pain will come on very quickly and I can't get my medicine in quick enough. It takes away my breath. There is no pattern to onset. I get it sitting/laying down. Last night, I was up and down with it. It comes on with a sudden vengenance. Does this sound like what you have??? How did you get diagnosed with neurogenic claudication? How have they treated you?

I had a s1/s2 fusion in 1982. Very successful. No pain until 3 years ago. Laminectomy (removal of bone spurs/nerve was flaming red -- surgery took 4 hours) May 2006. I was perfectly fine until September 2006 and I put some dishes in the dishwasher and bang the pain was unbelievable. Leg pain/Back pain. MRI shows not hernination. Treated with steroids, pt, and selective nerve block. Am awaiting fusion - anyday now.

I have had this pain since December after they did a selective nerve block. My pain was gone for 2 days and returned full blast. I have never had pain in my toes and this burning cramp until that nerve block.

I did tell my physician about the foot pain and he was not really concerned about it saying it was typical for my type of case.

Any comments or feedback would be appreciated. I know you are not a doctor but I find your posts to be very helpful.

Thank you.[/COLOR]





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