Skip to content
Spinal Stenosis and Arthritis
ismerelda posted:
I have been to an Orthopedist and had an MRI. I have severe stenosis that has given me problems over the years with pain in different areas of my back and hips. Now I am having numbness in the tops of my thighs. This is a new symptom. I also have osteoarthritis in my neck and back. The Ortho offered no help other than steroid shots and therapy both of which have failed me over the years. I am 66, an active person even though I am in pain. I tried water aerobics and they seemed to help at the time. Does anyone have suggestions other than pain meds?
bj1208 responded:
Hi and welcome to the support group

I would suggest getting another opinion from a Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist and also seeing a pain management specialist.

the Neurosurgeon Spine Specialist may order new tests to be done (MRI, X-Ray etc) if its been more than a year since your last ones. seeing another Spine Specialist will let you know what your diagnosis is and what the best treatment options are.

I see a PHYSIATRIST Pain Specialist as they go deeper into pain management control based on patients needs. Even though you prefer to handle your pains without pain medication they can help you with this.

the pain specialist can order tests to determine what us causing the symptoms in your upper legs and offer treatment options.

please keep us posted what you find out.
~~ Click on my name or picture and read my story ~~
~~ Joy ~~

Helpful Tips

Steps For Getting Back Pain Diagnosed And Treated
Many people come to this WebMD Back Pain Community looking for help in getting a diagnosis of a cause and relief from their back pain. Most ... More
Was this Helpful?
221 of 338 found this helpful

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the Duke Health Spine Center