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paul kerseyppaul kersey Posts: 1
edited 01/14/2016 - 8:53 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I've suffered from chronic back pain for 7 years so far. In 2011 I had a microdiscotomy to repair a fully fragmented L5-S1 and to remove forminal stenosis. The surgery was successful in that my left leg no longer felt as if it was on fire and the majority of the numbness disappeared. Unfortunately symtoms began to return and by the summer of 2015, I was once again enduring intolerable pain in the form of stunningly powerful back spasms causing me to fall; as well as cramping, numbness,electric shocks and heat.
. As a result, I've had another MRI with results that have left me perplexed as to what my next step should be.
L1-L2: Paracentral disc protrusion, broad based degenerative disc bulging
L2-L3: Retrothesis, degenerative modic marrow change type1, central disc protrusion.
L3-L4: Broad based degenerative disc bulging
L4-L5: Broad based disc bulging, moderate bilateral forminal stenosis
L5-S1: Broad based degenerative disc bulging, bilateral degenerative facet changes resulting in severe bilateral forminal stenosis.

My original neurosurgeon who performed my microdiscotomy said he won't operate because I'm so young, only 43. My second opinion isn't sure what course to take yet and wants to perform another MRI with contrast. I'm afraid that my original surgeon had the right diagnosis in that opening up such a can of worms could lead to even more dire issues. As it stands, I'm at a hell of a crossroads physically, financially and the emotionally. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I think I need a good disability lawyer. Haha. Seriously HELP!!!

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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