Yes, I believe I have this condition. My ability to walk and stand has declined significantly in the past couple of years. My history is much like yours. I am not in severe pain, can still walk maybe 1/2 mile at a time, standing still is more difficult than walking. Probably I can stand for 15 min. before I HAVE to sit down. I also have a condition called meralgia paresthetica, involving the femoral nerve, but probably due to stenosis. My knee feels very tight, then my back muscles tighten, and even my foot gets tight. My foot was the last part to get in on this synchrony. My diagnoses are not entirely clear, but this seem to be the best guess after seeing various specialists. No one feels my symptoms warrant further surgical risk. I already have osteopena (thin bones, not yet osteoporsis) developed symptoms diagnosed as severe osteoarthritis 14 years ago (when I was forty), just below my fusion. I continue to remain active with swimming twice weekly, bicycling as weather permits, and plan to do more show shoeing this winter. I have a routine of stretching and strengthening exercises I do at least twice weekly.
Last edited by JulieBW; 11-20-2008 at 09:54 AM.
1966 fusion in Buffalo of 11 thoracic vertebrae, with Harrington rod