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Shingles diagnosis vs. something else post lumbar fusion

New to this forum and want to thank everyone for sharing their experiences, both good and bad.

I am 4 1/2 years out from a L4-L5 posterior fusion using cadaver bone and BMP. I didn't have any immediate problems with it but one year ago I developed what was then diagnosed as shingles down the L4-L5 dermatome on the right leg. There was a mild rash for maybe one day on my right calf but nothing like what I thought a shingles rash looked like. The pain was so intense that if we had not had a some old pharmaceuticals in the house I think I would have jumped off the local pier. Sharp shooting pains like electrical jolts down my leg, burning on the bottom of my foot and my right foot swollen. I now, one year later, still have numbness in the right foot with episodes of the electrical impulses. Also I experienced prior to all this starting and continue to experience strange sensations of spiders crawling on my legs. This has in the last few months become mildly apparent in the left leg also. I find it strange that I would develop shingles in the very same dermatome where I had the fusion with the BMP. Coincidence?? Possibly. I am now seeing a neurologist for generalized intense burning of legs, neck, shoulder, both arms and hands (C5-6-7 dermatomal pattern) worse at night when supine, headaches, urinary urgency, frequency and incontinence. Scheduled for an EMG and MRI of the cervical spine only on Thursday. I have never had anything other than a flat plate of the my lumbar spine 3 months out from my surgery to check alignment. The neurosurgeon told me to not worry about obtaining follow up scans unless I was symptomatic. I guess my question is, has anyone been diagnosed with shingles that turned out to be something other than that post fusion?? I wasn't certain at the time that the diagnosis was correct. I was on neurontin for months and it seemed to do nothing. Should I be pushing for a MRI of my lumbar spine also to check for bony overgrowth?? Afraid of asking for too much along these lines due to fear of losing coverage.


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  • cjp1986ccjp1986 Posts: 42
    edited 04/25/2013 - 12:15 PM
    I got shingles after a steroid injection I. My shoulder then 5months later after a injection in my lumber spine I got shingles again both in the same place my lower spine right at the top of the buttocks good luck to you it was pretty severe pain. I had my lumber fusion later with complications my left leg now has neuropathy and does not function normal. I am 7 months since surgery. I now can't walk without a leg brace and a walker. The doc says he hit a nerve during surgery and nerves heal slowly. So I take physical therapy 2times a week which seem to be healping
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