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What is epideral fibrous in the spine?

SlancastvaSSlancastva Posts: 43
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:35 AM in Lower Back Pain
My sister's disc colapsed 2 years ago at L-5/S1. She had an mri done and it stated she had epideral fibrous. What does this mean?

Thank you for any insight.



  • Hi Sharon. Epidural fibrosis is scar tissue. Please see the link below for more info.


  • Did your sister have surgery?
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  • all i can add to that is epidural fibrosis is very painful and makes the possibilities of spinal injections not impossible but very difficult for anyone trying to give you and epidural and as for epidural forget it ..the last time i had one she nearly broke the needle trying to get it through the epidural fibrosis
  • Gwennie17,

    Yes, She had a microdicectomy about 6 years ago at L5/S1 and was doing great for 2 years then she was in an automobile accident. Due to the accident, she reherniated severely (no control of bladder, pain, etc) and had a 2nd micordicectomeny/ laminectomy and about 6 months afterwards disc colopsed. She has been able to put off a spinal fusion off as long as she can. (Been 2 years so far)


  • Everyone develops some scarring after surgery. It is the body's natural defense to having something removed. The body lays down layers of collagen... (just like when you cut yourself and cells fill up the "hole" to reconnect the edges of the skin) In some cases it can be completely irrelevant, not causing pain. But, in other cases, it can become a big problem and can cause a great deal of pain. Sometimes, the scar tissue will grow around the nerve itself and compresses it, which causes pain.

    Do you suspect this is the cause of your sister's pain, or is it the disc problems?
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