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I had a lumbar laminectomy (in 3 places) nearly 6 months ago and there has been no change in my symptoms of leg pain, weakness, and walking difficulties. The PT told me that it can take a year for spinal nerves to recover so I wasn't too concerned.
When I had a f/u visit with my neurosurgeon a month ago, he disagreed with the PT. He said that I had waited much too long to seek treatment and that the nerve damage was permanent. I didn't even know that this was a potential outcome.
I was diagnosed ten years ago but was unwilling to have a fusion which the orthopod recommended. I did experience a period of relief 7 years ago after a freak accident when I fell on a hardwood floor and had to twist my body frantically to avoid falling on a baby playing on the floor.
ESI's helped me cope with the pain and then I was (wrongly) diagnosed with a form of myositis which is a chronic and progressive muscle-wasting disease for which there is no treatment. After that I quit seeking treatment for the stenosis because I was led to believe that my muscle weakness was due to something else. Hence the 10-year gap between ss diagnosis and surgery....
Any comments or shared experiences would be greatly appreciated.