Had Surgery 5 days ago, T12 L1 Herniation.

Had Surgery 5 days ago, T12 L1 Herniation.

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Had Surgery 5 days ago, T12 L1 Herniation.

I just joined spine health a few weeks ago , so most of you do not know me yet. I wanted to post though for other people who may be looking for information.

I had a T12 L1 Right sided Disk Herniation with Central Spinal Stenosis. I had weakness, severe pain and pins and needles all through out my lower half.

I had a Thorasic HemiLaminectomy , Disectomy and Decompression done 5 days ago.

The Surgeon took a posterior approach and had estimated 2-3 hours for the surgery. It took over 5 hours. The surgeon told me I was days away from a complete compression and block of the spinal cord. I woke up from surgery with absolutely no pain anywhere. I was on heavy drugs and a pain pump so I told myself it was just the pain meds blocking all the pain. I was prepared for the nerve pain to back and , knew it could take a year or more to go away.

A few hours after surgery they got me up and walking. I held off on the pain pump and my whole family waited with me for a hour for the pain to kick back in. After a little bit my incision started to hurt, but my legs were just a blank. Nothing hurt, tingled or worse was numb.

When I surgeon came in, I got out of bed, did a little dance, and hugged him and kissed him right on his head!!! I cried most of the night in complete happiness that this surgery was a success.

Reading through the forums. I know now how incredibly lucky I was and am to have found a good surgeon who knew what he was doing, and was willing to do this surgery and help me.

I still have a little bit of nerve pain crop up from time to time. But it mostly just the nerves rebounding electrical activity and it it not severe enough to even need a pain pill.

I can not sit with out a pillow to cushion my incision, and I need to get up and walk every 30 minutes to relieve the pressure of sitting. But over all, my surgery was a complete success!

Kym-Berly

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Wow Kymberly!

What an uplifting story! Thanks for sharing it with us. It sounds like you are on the way to a very successful recovery and will be able to get back to your life again.

Congratulations and well done! Party

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Woohooo!

Woohooo!

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Kymberly, I am happy to hear

Kymberly,

I am happy to hear you are doing so well. I would love to hear your current condition and how you are doing. I too, have a herniated T12-L1 disc. Its a central left sided herniation. I have severe pain into the ribs, buttocks and legs, the left being the worse. It feels like someone is pushing their knuckle as hard as they can against my spine in this area. Sitting seems to be the worse. I also have spastic reflexes of the kness and one of the doctors indicated that this was cord compression. When my pain in the area is elevated, I have unsteady gait and my balance seems to be off, I even have pain into the shoulders, arms and hands.

If you are able to also give the name of your doctor who did your surgery I would greatly appreciate it. Your last post it seemed you were doing very well and your surgery was a success. I am glad to hear and would love to hear from you.

Thanks,

Keith

KymBerly wrote:
I just joined spine health a few weeks ago , so most of you do not know me yet. I wanted to post though for other people who may be looking for information.

I had a T12 L1 Right sided Disk Herniation with Central Spinal Stenosis. I had weakness, severe pain and pins and needles all through out my lower half.

I had a Thorasic HemiLaminectomy , Disectomy and Decompression done 5 days ago.

The Surgeon took a posterior approach and had estimated 2-3 hours for the surgery. It took over 5 hours. The surgeon told me I was days away from a complete compression and block of the spinal cord. I woke up from surgery with absolutely no pain anywhere. I was on heavy drugs and a pain pump so I told myself it was just the pain meds blocking all the pain. I was prepared for the nerve pain to back and , knew it could take a year or more to go away.

A few hours after surgery they got me up and walking. I held off on the pain pump and my whole family waited with me for a hour for the pain to kick back in. After a little bit my incision started to hurt, but my legs were just a blank. Nothing hurt, tingled or worse was numb.

When I surgeon came in, I got out of bed, did a little dance, and hugged him and kissed him right on his head!!! I cried most of the night in complete happiness that this surgery was a success.

Reading through the forums. I know now how incredibly lucky I was and am to have found a good surgeon who knew what he was doing, and was willing to do this surgery and help me.

I still have a little bit of nerve pain crop up from time to time. But it mostly just the nerves rebounding electrical activity and it it not severe enough to even need a pain pill.

I can not sit with out a pillow to cushion my incision, and I need to get up and walk every 30 minutes to relieve the pressure of sitting. But over all, my surgery was a complete success!

Kym-Berly

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Excellent news! Thanks for

Excellent news!

Thanks for sharing Smile

Julie

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Hi Lambert

Im doing okay today, but on Day 8 post op , I had a major set back. Over about 2 hours all the pain came rushing back 3 times worse than it had ever been.

We went to the emergency room as Pain Control was really a problem.I was limping , crying and having severe spasms.

I was admitted to the hospital and stayed in for almost 3 days. The surgeon said my spinal cord was irritated and had swollen. We think it was the new TLSO Brace that did it but are not sure.

I had to be given a boat load of Anti inflammatories, steroids and pain medications. It was a huge set back as the whole episode left me extremely weak, and I have not regained that progress I made as of yet.

Good news is that I get my staples out on Tuesday.

I do have a Tingly pins and needles area that came back in my left leg that has not left again yet. We are praying it is Temporary.

My surgeons Name is Dr. Norman I Bamber. You can find his website by Googling his name and Kansas City Neuro Surgery.

I do have a question for you though. When you say you have symptoms with your ribs, do you ever feel like something is shoved underneath them? That drives me insane when I feel that and it has not entirely left either.

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Hi Lambert

Im doing okay today, but on Day 8 post op , I had a major set back. Over about 2 hours all the pain came rushing back 3 times worse than it had ever been.

We went to the emergency room as Pain Control was really a problem.I was limping , crying and having severe spasms.

I was admitted to the hospital and stayed in for almost 3 days. The surgeon said my spinal cord was irritated and had swollen. We think it was the new TLSO Brace that did it but are not sure.

I had to be given a boat load of Anti inflammatories, steroids and pain medications. It was a huge set back as the whole episode left me extremely weak, and I have not regained that progress I made as of yet.

Good news is that I get my staples out on Tuesday.

I do have a Tingly pins and needles area that came back in my left leg that has not left again yet. We are praying it is Temporary.

My surgeons Name is Dr. Norman I Bamber. You can find his website by Googling his name and Kansas City Neuro Surgery.

I do have a question for you though. When you say you have symptoms with your ribs, do you ever feel like something is shoved underneath them? That drives me insane when I feel that and it has not entirely left either.

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sorry

KymBerly wrote:
Im doing okay today, but on Day 8 post op , I had a major set back. Over about 2 hours all the pain came rushing back 3 times worse than it had ever been.

We went to the emergency room as Pain Control was really a problem.I was limping , crying and having severe spasms.

I was admitted to the hospital and stayed in for almost 3 days. The surgeon said my spinal cord was irritated and had swollen. We think it was the new TLSO Brace that did it but are not sure.

I had to be given a boat load of Anti inflammatories, steroids and pain medications. It was a huge set back as the whole episode left me extremely weak, and I have not regained that progress I made as of yet.

Good news is that I get my staples out on Tuesday.

I do have a Tingly pins and needles area that came back in my left leg that has not left again yet. We are praying it is Temporary.

My surgeons Name is Dr. Norman I Bamber. You can find his website by Googling his name and Kansas City Neuro Surgery.

I do have a question for you though. When you say you have symptoms with your ribs, do you ever feel like something is shoved underneath them? That drives me insane when I feel that and it has not entirely left either.

Sorry to hear of the set back KymBerly- there will likey be more than one (at least that is what I have read). When I had my PLIF the most important thing was to stay up on my meds and not let the pain get control of you. I have recently downloaded a free ap to my phone & now it gives me reminders on all of my meds otherwise I forget sometimes. Then I find my self in a lot more pain than I need to be in.

I have had symptoms in my ribs for months as well. It feels like someone if shoving their finger tips in bewtween and pushing/pulling them up trying to seperate them from my spine and each other. Add in the breathing pain (it feels like there is a large bungy cord around my upper back) and when I have to take a deeper breath I have to move that bungy cord.

Hang in there Hug

Julie

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sorry to hear you are doing worse

Kim,

First, I am sorry to hear you are doing a little worse right now. Please keep us posted as to your hopeful progression for the better. Yes, I do feel like someone is shoving something underneath my ribcage. I cannot sit at all because it feels like someone is pushing their knuckle as hard as they can in my spine or like a knife is being pushed literally in my spinal cord in the T12 area. I also have wobbly gait, and the pain goes into the buttocks and even the whole way down the legs into the feet, left side worse.

I also have other complications in the thoracic, cervial and lumbar regions. L5-s1 microdiscectomy with hemilaminectomy that was unsuccessful. Lateral herniation still exists and severe stenosis of the foramen with large bone spur.

Cervial bulges at two levels, and other bulges and hernations in the thoracic and lumbar region.

Hope you get better!!

Keith

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Hi K-B, You will have many

Hi K-B,

You will have many set backs but with every set back, it will make you wiser and stronger.

Remember, you are only a week 2 weeks post op? Be good to your self this will take time...

All the best,

Lisa

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Possible Reherniation

My Neuro thinks I either re herniated the disc, or that I have disc material on the spinal cord. Ive been in alot of pain again and notice than by the end of the day Im limping pretty badly.Its been happening for about a month now. Im about 7 weeks post op. The new MRI is supposed to be done tomorrow. But my insurance keeps denying it.

Apparently they only paid for all the previous tests because it was a emergency.

Im really hoping what ever this is , is simple. I do not want to have another surgery, but I also do not want to have to deal with this pain again.

I went and refilled my Vicodin prescription and then had to stop and cry at having to fill it. 120 10mg Vicodin's just to get me through a month. There HAS to be a BETTER way than this!
Whats really sad is that the Doctor was surprised I only take 4 a day??

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