Im sorry to hear about your diagnosis and ill try to help you out
Spinal stenosis is as the name implies a narrowing of the spinal canal and as a result of which there is pressure on the spinal cord and the symptoms that you experience, the symptoms vary with the site where this occurs in your case as your feet and legs are involved so the symptoms will mostly be in your legs, which will be
Lower back pain,
radiating leg pain (unilateral or bilateral), and
possible bladder and bowel difficulties.
The classic presentation is radiating leg pain associated with walking that is relieved by rest (neurogenic claudication).
When patients bend forward, the pain diminishes.The pain is relieved when the patient flexes the spine by, for example, leaning on shopping carts or sitting.
Rarely, patients with lumbar stenosis present with cauda equina
syndrome (bilateral leg weakness, urinary retention).
Complications of spinal stenosis may include:
- Loss of feeling. Depending on which nerves are compressed, spinal stenosis may cause a loss of feeling in your feet or legs. As a result, cuts or wounds may become seriously infected because you're not aware of them.
- Loss of bladder or bowel control. In addition, spinal stenosis sometimes interferes with bowel or bladder function — a problem that can affect your quality of life.
- Degenerative changes. Although treatment can relieve symptoms of spinal stenosis, it doesn't stop degenerative changes. Some of these changes, such as muscle atrophy, may be permanent, even after the pressure is relieved.
- Paralysis can also occur
Early treatment is important for a successful outcome. Surgical decompression of the neural structures usually treats the symptoms effectively. Long-term pain relief is a common outcome, and most patients can resume active lives.
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