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relapse after good progress during recovery

My Neurosurgeon tells me no one relapses during lumbar surgery recovery after 5 months of excellent progress.. That is, unless the weakness and pain in legs is being caused by something unrelated.. I have undergone Cervical MRI with little compression or issues.. I am scheduled for a combination Brain / Thoracic MRI with and without contrast.. I hate to say it, but am hoping the thoracic mri turns up a herniated disc or something causing my leg problems.. That can be fixed.. If it comes up clean, and that scares the daylights out of me, we start testing for tumors or MS or God knows what.. Any thoughts or similar experience.. I am 9 months post op for Stenosis and Osteoarthritis in L3 thru S1 .. Open laminectomy and decompression.. Thanks


  • So sorry to hear that! I know that my thoracic herniation at T6 causes nerve pain from my hips down to the bottom of my feet. It's pushing into my spinal cord so that is why I have the sciatica type pains in the lower body. I'm not sure if that's what's going on with you, but if you do end up having a thoracic herniation I would guess that's the cause. Hopefully your mri's help the doctors to figure out what is going on with you. Take care, Joe
  • Thanks for the input..
  • T8-T9 thoracic emergency surgery. They had to remove two ribs to get to it. I've had 5 other back surgeries. Now all the other disc are either herniated or bulging. Surgeon says he won't touch me. Pain management. So I'm on meds that have not been changed in 5 yrs and its not working. The dr. Looks at my most resent MIR,s and says wow u have the back of a 90 year old. REALLY!!!! Still absent changed meds and the quality of life has gone to poop!!! Any suggestions on ho to get TH dr to really look at the mid results instead of just writing out my scripts an telling me to feel better ,have a good day. REALLY!! I'm 54 yrs old and have been dealing with this since 1992. I know I will b on pain med for the rest of my life. I have to have the best quality of life that I can get. If that means upping the mg on meds then y can't he see this. Very frustrated. Tired of fighting the pain and everything that goes along with it. Family life. Thank God I have a family that is compassionate. It still doesn't take TH pain away. Well I will forever b In pain. It stinks but it could always b worse. Smile. Di. Di
  • I am so sorry to hear that.. That is a rough one.. Have you gotten second oppinions from other Neuros and Pain Mgt specialists? I sincerely hope you find some answers and relief to improve your life.
  • I have been doing some therapy sessions prior to my MRIs... The therapist says my symptoms are, more than likely, stemming from a "central nervous system" problem.. That concurs with my Neuro's opinion... I am certainly not looking forward to another surgery, but at this point, if I have something pinching my spinal cord, causing my pain and paralysis, I have little alternative.. Thanks again for your comments.
  • Carl OswaldCCarl Oswald Posts: 66
    edited 07/01/2014 - 6:05 AM
    They found a Meningioma at the T6 level that was crushing my spinal cord about 80%.. They removed it entirely and it was benign.. For the first time in 4 months I am able to stand and walk with the assistance of a walker.. I dodged a huge bullit.. Also underwent two weeks in a rehab center with great results.. I have a long road ahead to recovery but have a much better outlook than I had a month ago..
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