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Tarlov Cyst

ppickelpppickel Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Recovering from Surgery
On 12 Jan 09 I had microsurgery for the removeable of a huge Tarlov Cysts between my L5 and S1. I was okay until I develope a microscopic spinal fluid leak and had another surgery on 1 March to graft the leak over. Now I have severe upper leg/buttock pain...which is unbearable sometimes! I try to walk as much as I can, apply heat, and take Advil and another precription painkiller that I'd like to get off of soon, because of the constipation factor. I'm just wondering if anyone else has had this same problem and how long it took to go away, if ever? Will physical therapy help?


  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I'm sorry to hear you're having so many problems after the cyst removal. That's extremely rare to find a doctor who will treat a tarlov cyst or even admit that they cause pain. What kind of problems were you having before the surgery? What are the doctors saying the problem is? Was your last surgery March 1 of this year or last? How large was the cyst? The reason I ask is because I have tarlov cysts in my sacral spinal canal and have the pain you're having but they say the cysts don't cause pain.
    I hope you feel better real soon.
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