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3 Weeks Post Operation - Schwannoma Removal

ozone123456oozone123456 Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Wells it's been 3 weeks since my surgery and I'm recovering well. I've had my post operative appointment with my Neuro Surgeon and he is happy with my progress.

Where to from here?? 3 monthly MRI's to find out if what was left in there is re-growing or not.

I think that my mind will be fully at ease once I find out what has been going on after my first 3 month review. I pray every night that my body is poweful and that it has consumed what ever is left.

There are times where I start to "flip out" a little but my mind is always put at ease when I'm reminded of my wonderful wife, son and family........


  • Sent your way. Positive thinking can be a huge plus. As can a supportive family and it seems that you have both in good supply. I wish you all the best in your recovery.
  • I had an intradural-extramedullary schwannoma removed 18 years ago without any problems for about 15 years. About 3 years ago I presented with an occassional numbness of the sole of my left foot and some tightness in the left calf. It has become more frequent and has since started a bit in my right foot/calf as well. I do not have any weakness that I am aware of - I am an avid cyclist and this concerns me a great deal.

    My MRI reads that I have scarring of the nerve roots shifting to the right of midline at the L1-3 level (where the tumor was)suggestive of adhesive arachnoiditis - and a dessicated disk at L4/5 along with a minor disk bulge (3mm). The orthopedic spine doctor does not believe I have arachnoiditis - I don't believe it either as I have no pain luckily. However - there is nothing on the current MRI that reveals a structural abnormality that would account for my symptoms.

    Additionally - my symptoms become most pronounced when I get out of bed in the morning, somedays resolving during the day, others continuing or becoming more pronouced (usually after sitting for a time).

    Has anyone had any experience with this ... I am so worried about progression and don't want this to turn into something that is written off as due to scar tissue when it hadn't been a problem for so many years.

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