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Prescription Medications for Spinal Stenosis?

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AudreyM49
AudreyM49 Community member Posts: 31 Connected
I have been suffering with spinal stenosis for a long time now and get a great deal of pain when walking outdoors. My GP offered me opioids for pain relief but I was worried about addiction. I have now got to the stage that I’m struggling too much. Which if any painkillers work for you? I can’t take anti inflammatory medication because of blood thinners.

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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,499 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @AudreyM49 :) Just so you know, I've moved your post into our 'dealing with chronic pain' category.

    We're not able to offer medical advice as such on here. Have you spoken to your doctor about your concerns over the opioid painkillers?

    National Campaigns Officer at Scope, she/her

  • AudreyM49
    AudreyM49 Community member Posts: 31 Connected
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    Thank you ?. I will be speaking to my doctor about painkillers tomorrow.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,499 Disability Gamechanger
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    That's good news @AudreyM49 :) Please do let us know how you get on.

    Did you doctor suggest any other potential treatment options last time you spoke to them? Or anything else that could help you to manage the pain? 

    National Campaigns Officer at Scope, she/her

  • AudreyM49
    AudreyM49 Community member Posts: 31 Connected
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    Hello Tori-Scope
    Thank you for your reply.
    To be honest I haven’t spoken to a doctor about this in a long time. My stroke care overtook my spinal stenosis concerns.It’s just that the pain when I go out for a walk seems to have gotten worse. I know walking is important and I also use a stationary bike.
  • AudreyM49
    AudreyM49 Community member Posts: 31 Connected
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    I have an update.I have had a really good pain free day. I got Hemp Gel which I applied to the base of my spine and hip it has worked wonders for me.
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,173 Disability Gamechanger
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    That's good news @Audrey - I nearly suggested cannabidiol (CBD) yesterday as I find this helps me, & feel such products can help some with pain; so pleased the hemp gel helped you so much.
  • AudreyM49
    AudreyM49 Community member Posts: 31 Connected
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    Thank you @chiarieds I’m so pleased with the gel the relief from pain was amazing.Im glad CBD helps you and if the gel loses its effect  I’ll give it a try. I really want to avoid opiates if at all possible.
  • pollyanna1052
    pollyanna1052 Community member Posts: 2,032 Disability Gamechanger
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    My sister has severe spinal stenosis and has had 2 operations where they fused the lower vertebrae and put a cage round it from existing bone. Both ops took it out of her. She still has pain and takes tramadol...which sometimes relieves the pain.
    It is an awful condition.
    Pollyxxx
  • AudreyM49
    AudreyM49 Community member Posts: 31 Connected
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    Hello @pollyanna1052. Thank you for telling me about your sisters’ operation and medication. My physiotherapist put me off having the operation when he told me about the risks involved. I have just started using Hemp Gel and found it really helps to alleviate the pain. I wish your sister well and yes it an awful condition that impacts on having a good quality of life. Take care.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,499 Disability Gamechanger
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    That's understandable @AudreyM49. How has your stroke care been going?

    I'm glad to hear you've found a product that seems to be working for now :) 

    National Campaigns Officer at Scope, she/her

  • AudreyM49
    AudreyM49 Community member Posts: 31 Connected
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    It’s almost two years since I had my stroke. It’s really weird I didn’t even know I was having one. It was my amazing husband that noticed the signs. I was in hospital for 10 days. I had physio there and then at home. I have to take blood thinners. My husband does an amazing job of looking after me. I have a review with my doctor this afternoon.
     Thank you for asking. Take care.
  • AudreyM49
    AudreyM49 Community member Posts: 31 Connected
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    Sorry @tori- scope. I meant to ask how you are?
  • pollyanna1052
    pollyanna1052 Community member Posts: 2,032 Disability Gamechanger
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    How did the review go?
    Pollyxx
  • AudreyM49
    AudreyM49 Community member Posts: 31 Connected
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    Hi @pollyanna1052
    Thanks for asking.
    Turned out to be just seeing a nurse for weight blood pressure and blood test. Then yesterday got phone call to arrange phone appointment with doctor on 24thJune. Face to face appointments with doctors rarer than hens teeth since Co I’d. Take care x

  • AudreyM49
    AudreyM49 Community member Posts: 31 Connected
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    * since covid 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,499 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'm well, thanks for asking @AudreyM49 :) I'm glad that you've been getting support from your husband, and that you've been getting contact from your doctors. I hope that the appointment on the 24th goes well! 

    National Campaigns Officer at Scope, she/her

  • Tj72
    Tj72 Community member Posts: 13 Listener
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    i have a spinal surgical appointment on the 17th and wanted to know peoples thoughts on the surgery?
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