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Spinal stenosis, lower back pain. Surgery for drop foot done. Treatment?

Hi. I am from XXXXXX and have been diagnosted with spinal stenosis . I have had a cat scan, and then one surgery for drop foot on the left side. Then I had slight drop foot on right side and a mri was done followed by 2 more surgurys. At the time before the second and third surgurys the neuro told me that I had 1 disc that was needing some work done to it but he didn.t do it. I have back pain in the lower back now and he doesn.t want to do another mri. How do I ask him or what should I say for him to do it for me. The levels were L2-L3 L4-SI
Asked On : Sun, 3 Feb 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Lower back pain is not an indication for surgery. However, if a person has leg pain, or pain radiating from low back to legs, or if the leg pain increases on walking (claudication pain); then, surgery may be required. These are also the indications for doing MRI of lumbar spine in your case.

As of now, the treatment would be with medications and physiotherapy.

Please discuss these with your doctor.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Thu, 7 Feb 2013
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