As a 31 year old sufferer of lumbar stenosis, cervical stenosis, cervical radiculopathy, and sciatica, the only advice I can give you is: cautiously
and carefully try everything.
I've had relief from everything from sleeping in a different position, to ibuprofen, to licorice root, to
acupuncture, to acupressure, to physical therapy, to meditation, to walking, to... you get the idea. Because it differs so much from person to person
(and from day to day, and year to year,) it's really difficult to nail down one solution that helps everyone. Most objective physicians would agree
with that too in my opinion.
Personally I've had the most relief from 1) core strengthening, and 2) sleeping with good posture. Meaning, with my lower back and neck stable, and my
feet elevated slightly. But I've also known people for whom this worsens their condition. I've heard chiropractic works for some. But I've also heard
of people literally being made far worse as a result of chiropractic manipulations (and many suggest that chiropractic may not even have a solid
medical or scientifically supported basis.) I've had a lot of success with acupressure and acupuncture as well. But with varying results depending on
where I go and who does it. And I can't really assert how much of that is real relief versus a placebo effect. (The same applies to all of these
suggestions, for that matter.)
Some people benefit from surgery, but my understanding is that surgeons usually only operate if it's the cervical area, as opposed to the thoracic or
lumbar, except under emergency or very specific circumstances. I've had multiple surgeons tell me that lower back surgery just isn't supported by the
literature and data anymore these days, and that it could make me far worse.
It's a really painful, strange feeling, uncomfortable condition. The important thing in my opinion is to start the process of trying different things,
both on your own (with a lot of caution and research) and under a doctor's supervision or referral (with equal caution.)
I really hope you feel better. It sucks. It's a level of pain that's almost unimaginable at times. You know that pain that's so bad you just feel
electrical sensations because your brain can't even process the pain as "pain" anymore? (I'm not talking about neuropathy "tingling" or other
neurogenic sensations - though that's part of it too, of course - I'm talking about pain that starts out as pain but then gets so bad progressively
that you literally can't feel it as the thing we normally call pain anymore. Lol.) If you've been there... you have my sympathy. Get well.
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