Before this forum moved to a new location there was some discussion about Multiple Sclerosis and back surgery. I would be interested in finding some follow up information from people who have MS and have also had back surgery.
My Husband was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago (when he was 30), and also has sever disc degeneration of his lumbar spine (he'd be better with telling the details) He has had horrid pain for many years and doctors seem reluctant to help him with surgery and keep giving us the run around. He has tried everything under the sun to avoid surgery, but it has not changed the condition of his back. If he didn't have MS, they would be rushing him into surgery. It's very frustrating, to say the least. Doctors gasp when they look at the MRI's of his lumbar, we had one chiropractor ask if he had fallen off the top of a 3 story building. Not that he wants to beg for surgery, but no one seems to want to help him with his back since he has MS too.
This is a summery of the last MRI he had done in March 2007
Moderate to severe diffuse spondylosis throughout the lumbar spine, which is most prevalent at the L-3/4 level. Broad-based disc bulge at this level, in concert with mild hypertrophic facet changes, is causing severe central canal stenosis with moderate to severe bilateral neural foraminal impingement. There is mild central canal stenosis with moderate to severe bilateral neural foraminal impingement at the L-4/5 level. No focal disc protrusions were demonstrated."
Do any of you have good Doctors who also understand MS?
I fear everyday that we postpone surgery, the more risk there is of him having permanent damage on the nerves. But we have been given the run around for YEARS about MS vs. Back. We have been to so MANY doctors, it's exhausting.
Then, they say, "Surgery could cause his MS to flare up."
And Horrid blinding pain won't????
So, any help, leads, insight, or personal experience with this would be greatly appreciated.