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Spinal Stenosis and Epidural Fibrosis

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Spinal Stenosis
I had spinal surgery in 2005 for herniation to the L5-L4-S1. In September of 2009 I went for an MRI due to extreme ridiculopathy pain---pain which radiates behind both knees, clear up into the buttocks. I also experience burning and numbness in my legs & feet. All of this occurs every day, as chronic pain.
My new MRI said there was no nerve impingement, no disk bulge, but it said the I showed signs of lateral recess narrowing of the L4-L5 due to a combination of epidural fibrosis and facet hypertrophy. I also show vertebral endplate edema.
Would anyone of knowledge care to enumerate what all of this means? All I know is that I have chronic pain on a daily basis. I am 57, and am on SSDI because I had to leave a very lucrative job at the VA after my injury in 2005. I am currently on Mycardis for high-blood pressure due to pain, and on Elavil, due to pain and depression.
Thank you.


  • I had back surgery in 2003 for a herniation and did well until the end of 2005. The radiculopathy in my left leg was coming back and I was having pain and burning in my right foot as well. My MRI results were similar to yours. Epidural fibrosis is scar tissue.

    I would suggest getting a referral from your primary to see a neurosurgeon. He will want to see a current MRI.

    I know how miserable this can be. Good luck to you!

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