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I am so glad I found this forum. I only wish I had found it sooner. After 4 years of illness I was finally diagnosed with tethered cord at the age of 65. My legs have hurt my whole life but the doctors never diagnosed me even though I had all the symptoms. I had lost control of bowels and bladder. I had saddle numbness and ammonia in blood and it had gone to my brain. I was first told I had a cyst. I had spinal cord release April 17. I have regained bowel and bladder function. I have an occupational therapist working with me and I am recovering well. I want to regain the strength I had before I became ill. Any suggestions?



  • hi pgeffen52

    welcome to spine-health

    that is a long time to not know what the problem was and so glad you have regained bowel and bladder function.  a scary time for you i am sure, but you have found us now, so please join in on any posts that interest you and also please add a comment to a current/active surgery buddies groups if you would like to share your experiences and get some extra support from the member's in those groups.

    your strength will slowly return but just keep doing as instructed by your surgeon and occupational therapist.  take rest when your body asks for it, as that is the healing process and that can take a while. patience is one of the most important things in recovery.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research on spine-health that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health




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