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Bumping into walls and walking a straight line

KarenDKKarenD Posts: 742
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
When I was being evaluated by surgeons I was told that there was spinal impingement because I couldn't walk a straight line. I thought, I'd better not get pulled over or go through a DUI check. 8} I also fairly regularly bumped into walls. I had gotten so used to it I didn't pay much attention. Now that I've had surgery I'm still bumping into walls, etc. Has anybody found a difference after surgery? Just curious.
4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.


  • Hi Karen,

    I also have been prone to find door-frames. I have done okay so far since my ACDF, but it has only been 4 days since. Found myself a hair off balance once.....it's still early though.

  • Karen,

    Ditto for the DUI checkpoint test here... I can't do what is called "tandem walk" which is similar to walking on a balance beam. If I try to walk with my feet about 5 inches apart, my right foot turns inward (left) about 40 degrees while my left foot stays pointing jet straight.

    I also can't walk on my heels - my left foot flattens back to the floor. Can walk on my tippy toes fine. Mine is from my lumbar issues though. Did your doctor or surgeon have any thoughts of what is going on? I hope you see improvement, and too get answers soon.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • karen,

    You are still very new out of surgery, to know what will be permanent. Now for those with myelopathy surgery is done to stop more damaging from occurring not to alleviate what has happened. It doesn't sound through any of your post that your in this category, so you might want to talk to surgeon about some physical therapy and balance is one of the things they can work on.
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