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Hi all,


I went to my general practitioner about a sore knee; turns out I have another bakers cyst and had one two years ago. I had shooting pains up my legs and down to my ankles and couldn't roll over in bed without severe pain and my husband was having to help me up after sitting more than ten minutes and help me out of bed in the morning. After having an ultrasound for the knee my general practitioner sent me for a CAT scan on my spine, as my general practitioner thought I shouldn't be in as much pain as I was. Diagnosis was spinal stenosis, so I was sent to my rheumatologist with the results.


Funny thing is I don't have any back pain even though my rheumatologist told me I had a very bad back and he is sending me for a MRI scan. Apparently spinal stenosis and bakers cyst is another form of arthritis. I have systemic scleroderma, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, so my rheumatologist says it is hard to predict which complaint is causing the pain. I will have the MRI on 20th September and see my rheumatologist on 22nd September and then he will decide what to do. It's all a waiting game.


Does any one else have spinal stenosis?


Thank you


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Hi Lou,


I'm very sorry to hear that you've developed another Baker's Cyst and have been in so much pain and discomfort with it.


Interestingly we have just had a recent discussion thread on Cervical and Spinal Stenosis and I do hope that this link will be helpful to you and give you some more information. There does seem to have been quite a few of our members suffering from this condition recently.


I do hope that your MRI scan goes well and that your rheumatologist can help to alleviate some of the pain you're experiencing. Do let us know how you get on with your appointment on 22nd September, won't you?



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Hi, I was the one who started the cervical stenosis thread. I don't really have any pain from the condition, but the numbness and tingling sensations are quite bad. I too had an MRI and it showed that the stenosis is really severe. I am scheduled for surgery on October24th.


I was told the stenosis is from wear-and-tear (arthritis). I'll be 50 tomorrow. It could be from the Scleroderma. I have CREST.


Hope the thread helps you. Please PM me with any questions.





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I'm sending lots of good wishes your way for your upcoming surgery next month. I'm sorry that you need it and hope that your recovery goes smoothly.


I chuckled when I read, "I don't really have any pain from the condition, but the numbness and tingling sensations are quite bad." Numbness and tingling are considered to be pain. Now then, years ago my husband suffered total numbness in his thigh due to sciatica. He complained of it to his doctor, and his doctor ordered some strong pain pills. My husband came out to the lobby and told me he was never going back to that "stupid" doctor, because which part of "I can't feel anything at all in my right thigh," didn't he understand?! He didn't need pain pills as even pain would have been a better sensation than total numbness. So technically speaking, you are having a lot of pain but you probably won't even realize it until after surgery, when you are entirely free of it.


Here are some warm hugs and flowers for you.


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