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Muscle pain 4 years after tumor removal and T9/T10 laminectomy

Hi all,

I am new to Spine-Health but have been unable to find any posts that address my problem. After years of increasingly worsening back and extremity pain and numbness, it was discovered that a tumor was pressing against my spinal cord. A week later, surgery was performed, and according to the surgeon, he had underestimated the size of the tumor and had to then perform a laminectomy on T9 and T10. A fusion was not performed, nor were any rods or screws inserted for support. All good and fine, at the time, as the tumor was gone, as well as my back and leg pain. It was a long and painful recovery, full of meds and physical therapy. Now it is four years later, and I still have continual and chronic muscle pain all over my back. I have knots all over the place, I can hardly sit in a chair without squirming for more than 5 minutes, and it is affecting every aspect of my life. I am 22 years old, and I can't even imagine how much worse the pain will get over the rest of my life. I have tried physical therapy (multiple times), medication (which only makes me drowsy and doesn't solve the problem), a TENS unit, occasional massages (insurance certainly won't pay for that, and I can't pay for that, not to mention the therapists are appalled at all the knots), and I'm about at my wits end. My back muscles are tight, fatigued, and exhausted all the time.

I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience. I am beginning to research fusion surgeries to see if this is something I may need to have, especially since this is something that seems to be commonly done alongside laminectomies to support the spine. Any advice?


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