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Has anyone got any suggestions or advice, re exercise, blue badge, benefits of any kind?
Hi, I'm Susan and I am 63 years of age. After suffering months of pain in the tops of my legs, despite taking 1000mg of Naproxen daily for arthritis in my knees (already had one replaced) my GP referred me for physiotherapy. He took details of my symptoms, referred me as an emergency to hospital suspecting cauda equina. After an MRI it was confirmed that I have lumbar spinal stenosis touching the central nerve and cauda equina, but not serious enough to operate. I now have to take Pregabalen as well as Naproxen, but sometimes, especially in the evenings, neither touches the pain. I was given some exercises to carry out at home and told to try cycling - bearing in mind I cannot bend my left knee (which also needs replacing) this is not an activity I can do. I still work full time, luckily it's a sedentary job, but was hoping to be able to retire on medical grounds (ha ha). I have completed on online assessment for a blue badge, because walking any distance is so difficult sometimes, especially in cold weather, but have been told I would be unlikely to qualify. Has anyone got any suggestions or advice, re exercise, blue badge, benefits of any kind?