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Darn bone spur

mommatialuvmmommatialuv Posts: 269
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Well my Doc called, they may have found the cause of my constant nerve pain, I have, according to the docs reading of the report, an osteophyte pressing against the thecal sack compressing the l5 s1 nerve roots. Woo Hoo!! I am not completely crazy :)
The plan, go in and clean it up, check for any other issues and see what happens. Doc says there is a good chance this is the cause of my pain. wont say for sure, at this point he would rather say maybe and have it be then say for sure and it not be :)
I will have the day surgery procedure next Thur or Fri, his secretary is checking his schedule, and will call tomorrow to finalize.
I am praying this will work, and I can kiss my walker goodbye. :) and find something similar to my old normal again.
Thanks for all the support over the last few months,
God Bless and Keep you all healing painlessly,


  • I know you are relieved to get to the bottom of your pain. May this be your much needed Christmas present!

    Best wishes for a successful outcome and pain, pain go away!

    Take care,

  • That's such good news. And just day surgery so no major deal. GOOD relief is in sight!
  • You are very lucky to have a doctor who continues to look for problems after you leave the office. How unusual!

    I think you will be very pleasantly surprised how easy this surgery will be compared to your fusion. I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed that the doctor has found your pain generator and that this will put you back on the road to a full recovery.


  • Thanks Judy and Joan, Less pain and more normal would be a great Christmas gift.
  • Shirley,

    Your doc sounds like mine! If nothing shows initially, and I have symptoms that match "what he's looking for", he WILL look till he finds it! Congrats!!! I hope it works out for you. :----))))

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Gwennie, I think somehow you and I answer at the same time regularly :) Then it looks like I ignored your reply, I wouldnt do that.
    I think my doc genuinely feels bad about my outcome so far. He told me to pick a couple days that would work for me and he would make it happen one of those days. He is fairly young but his partner has been around since the dawn of time :) he was my original doc, They operated together. My young doc told me that after discussing it with his superiors and partners he was told that sometimes (uncommom)when the pedicle screws are placed a hairline fracture can occur at the tip of the screw that does not show in early imaging due to swelling, and that fracture, with movement, can cause the bone to chip, that chip can move and compress the nerve or adhere somewhere and effectively become a spur and cause compression. He does not know if that is what happened, but mentioned it.
    I always new I was rare, like a precoius gem or maybe an unusual rash :) .
    Like I said earlier, I just hope he is right and I am knocking on the door that leads to the road to recovery.
    Thanks again all and God Bless,
  • Shirley,

    I told my hubby that I should start playing the bloody lottery! C2/3 with no "fresh" trauma is rare - gee lucky me! My fusion breaking on top, lucky me. What's the odds?

    Shirley, similar goes for you. :-) You have excellent doctors that DON'T give up, I too have been blessed in a similar way. I bum that the knife is once again on the dart board, but at the same time I am dancing a storm they figured it out! My doc is still "troubleshooting" me!

    I "zoomed" in my MRI to show the fracturing below my "wing" thing of a *cough* plate. My surgeon prefers the "T2" views which doesn't show it as well. Time will tell eh? Like you were a puzzle, as am I now. PPPPllllleeeaase let us know how it goes woman!!! *HUGZ* of support!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I am fortunate, I didnt have to many pieces to my puzzle.I will say I like my doc much more then his PA. He listenens and responds better.
    I hadnt thought about the lottery, I am going to Oklahoma this weekend, maybe i should hit the casino,
    I do enjoy that one armed bandit :)
    I would rather go under the knife for one more "minor"surgery then go on endlessly with my pain and disability.
    You hang in there, as long as your doc keeps looking he will find your final puzzle piece as well. Hopefully sooner rather then later. Maybe 2010 will be a new beginning for both of us.
    Here is a great big HUG right back to you. I will keep you posted, you do the same.
    If I dont hear from you again before Thursday,
    Happy Thanksgiving,
  • they checked and found something. I truly hope this helps you.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Shirley,

    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!!!! *HUGZ*

    Thanks for your wonderful words woman! Yes - play that one armed bandit - it will be good!!! I am fortunate in that my surgeon like so many I have read about, isn't writing me off or running for the hills, he is working with me. :-) He knows that I am not blaming these issues on him, it is just I have crappy genes or something! No history in my family - but too (hehehe) none of them ever crashed a helicopter, or got hit by two jerks over the years...or tussled with bad guys! <--- Enjoyed that part I have to admit!

    I of course agree Shirley, 2010 will be a good year for us both - I feel it! Hopefully mine will be a quick fix, but I kinda-sorta doubt it - but that's okay if they figure it out! I will be retired by the time that decision comes around, and with the stress being reduced, and the hubby God fixed me up with - it will work! I see that you are in a "better place" just knowing there is relief most likely coming. Please let us know how it goes. *HUG* Again, Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

    Brenda - Smiling for your wonderful news still!!!
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    I had something similar after my cervical fusion. They went in and cleared out the bone spur (and opened the formainal opening) and wow did it help! I hope you get quick relief!
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
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