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What is too much scar tissue?

backman38bbackman38 Posts: 37
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Chronic Pain

I've been recovering from back surgery for the last 4 months. I overdid it once and paid for it. Ha, I guess disco dancing is out for now. So, could scar tissue be responsible for my flare up of pain? Is scar tissue pain continuous or intermittant? What is a little bit of scar tissue and what is alot. Would a radiologist point it out from the MRI report? How would he describe it?

Please help,



  • Backman,
    Why are you obsessed with thinking your pain could be caused by scar tissue? You are still healing at only four months out and also not being able to exercise correctly. Scar tissue should only be an issue if it formed and entrapped the nerves in an unnatural way. It is hard for me to believe that you would feel pain and just associate it with that. Muscles haven't worked in a long time so maybe they were complaining a bit more than usual. I guess I need more info.
  • is the correct term for scar tissue ..and it can be just as painful as a ruptured disc! .and it can form in a very short time ..i know as i speak from bitter personal experience.i had my last operation on 5 November 07 by 20 DEC 07 i was back in hospital with sever back and leg pain .the conclusion was ..and still is epidural fibrosis.
    an MRI will tell you as to what extent your epidural fibrosis is compromising any of your spinal structures .in the UK there does not seem to be much that the medical world can do about epidural fibrosis .because another operation to remove it will cause even more epidural fibrosis .its a vicious circle!
  • Straker, you r so right. i read repports called the Docs because of of the probs for me was that and Doc called me yesterday so i was totally sure that they removed the scar tissue that put a smile on my face but the recovery odf this surgery, sticks i have no- patience, only 5 weeks post opt going nutso!! but actully in no hurry to go anywhere, so i still have to practice patience
  • I have a problem with scar tissue but have had 5 operations in the same area of the lower spine. Radiologists will mention it, as in my latest MRI it says I have "enhancing scar tissue encroaching on left L5 nerve root." So it can be called "scar tissue" in reports as well.
  • Thank you Smileys for your response,

    I've found my specialists quite vague. I was told on my last visit that I can do anything. I thought, "Are you kidding me?" But I kept my mouth shut. So, I upped my activity level and paid for a month. I want to put a handle on my condition and hope to gain some clarity. My MRI shows a small amount of enhancing scare tissue anterior and to the left of the epidural.

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