The last neurosurgeon mentioned he could do this but it would be painful and then what? If they find another bone spur compressing my nerves are they gonna go in and remove all the screws and rods just for a little piece of bone?(at fusion surgery, they found a dime sized bone spur compressing a very angry and purple looking nerve, (which yielded similar symptoms as I am experiencing now)-surgeons words)
To say the very least, his flippant attitude and dismissive comments means he is NOT my new doctor(this was just one of many) and I am already calling for a second opinion as my previous neuro disagrees with pretty much everything he said(looking for dr because of move, loved my old neuro)
So I am curious, those of you that have had them, are they really painful? How painful, compared to epidural shots(which to me are mildly uncomfortable, minus one very painful one years ago)
Also, did it yield useful Info for you?
My symptoms are tingling legs and feet(more so on left than right), numb outer leg and foot(left side), spreading to big toe and right foot when pain increases, numb buttocks after sitting in one position for more than a few minutes, weak legs on stairs, small bladder leakages, lack of sensation to urinate until overly full, lack of feeling when bladder is finished urinating, unsteady every so often(haven't fallen, but tripped a few times)spasms upon spasms upon spasms, laying flat is the only comfortable position, TENS is now painful, even on lowest setting, pain gets worse as the day gets on. Pain ranges from 2-8, depending on day.
I have fusion at s1-L5 and microsdiscectomy and decompression at l4-5, currently working on increasing gabapentin to 1800 MG(at 1500), cyclobenzaprine for spasms as need and OxyContin as needed.