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Recovering from Spinal Tumor Resection (what to expect)

LeocepLLeocep Posts: 2
edited 10/15/2015 - 2:03 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi there,

I want to know if there is anyone that can give me some advice regarding what to expect recovering from a spinal tumor resection. I've been having mild back pain for about 6 months and after last round of physical therapy main primary order an MRI which showed a tumor on the cauda equina area. Dr said is important to remove because if it grows it can and cause a whole bunch of issues (not exactly what he said... But summarizing ... Lol) . He also stated that I could wait keep checking on the tumor and operate at a later time... Months maybe years who knows but that given my age (37) and overall great health it would be also best to do it now. Im looking to get a second opinion as well... Not because I wasnt satisfied with current one just because thats my nature.

Having explain all this and going back to original question... Anyone can give some advice from experience in regards to recovery from this procedure. I have never EVER have had to deal with anything surgery related and I have a bit of fear about the whole thing. Thanks in advance.

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  • Hi there and thanks for the welcome. Below and some answers to some of the questions posted.

    Here are some questions that you should answer:

    • - When did this first start?

      . Year, Your age, etc: April of this year. Im 37
    - Was it the result of an accident or trauma? No
    - Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions? No
    - What doctors have you seen? : Neurosurgeon

    • . Which doctor did you start with? Primary Care
      . Who are you currently seeing? Neurosurgeon
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones? :Physical Therapy and it helped a lot.

    - What diagnostic tests have you had? Had an MRI at the beginning of this month. Showed a intradular extramedullary tumor within the cauda equina area of spinal cord. That's been my only test.
    - What medications are you currently using? None. My pain is not that severe
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated? Back in the summer I was suffering from really bad sciatica pain. With physical therapy it subsided a lot to the point that I haven't had sciatica pain for almost 10 weeks.
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