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Cerebral palsy, degenerating disc, narrowing spinal column with spinal stenosis. On radio frequenty treatment. Refer neuro surgeon

Hello I am a 52 year old female with cerebral palsy (mild) seeking a neuro surgeon to diagnose/address issues of degenerating discs, narrowing of the spinal column and spinal stenosis. I am at a crossroads as to what will be the best thing to do in my situation and feel that a neuro surgeon may be the best course of action at this point. I am currently in pain management receiving radio frequency treatments to help with pain. My legs are starting to get painful /pulling/hard to walk...I have never had an issue with my legs before. Any helpful referrals/direction would be so appreciated.

Asked On : Sat, 12 Oct 2013
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Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

Based on your symptoms, you need to be evaluated by a neurologist/neurosurgeon. In addition, an MRI of the spine, focussing on the lumbar spine needs to be done.

Initial treatment for degenerating discs would be medical (with medications such as pregabalin or gabapentin capsules) and physiotherapy.

If there is no significant improvement with the above, then, epidural injections or surgery may be considered.

I hope it helps. Please get back if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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Answered: Tue, 12 Nov 2013
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