Donna Aromando used to enjoy walking by the lake near her home most days, but in October 2012, debilitating pain began radiating in her lower back and down her legs. Donna began using a cane simply to walk across the room, and she often had to stop to rest or to bend forward for relief. She tried physical therapy and pain medications, but the discomfort only seemed to worsen, and soon she had to severely limit her normal day-to-day activities: “I could no longer clean my house; after vacuuming one room, I was in excruciating pain.”
After an examination and MRI, Donna was diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS). Donna was given two options: to continue on the pain medications or have invasive spine surgery. For Donna, the lengthy recovery after an invasive spine surgery was not an option. “I have other responsibilities besides myself; I have a dad who is 87 years old, and my husband has medical issues. I need to be there for them.”
When she learned about the mild® procedure, Donna felt that her prayers were answered. After the mild® procedure, Donna was able to walk without a cane while standing up straight, and she climbed stairs that she hadn’t been able to manage in a long time. Now, Donna is excited to be able to go back to the activities that she used to enjoy. She is especially looking forward to an upcoming vacation in Hawaii, where she will be able to walk from the hotel to the beach.