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Never thought I would be dealing with this!

beanjjkbbeanjjk Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi All,
I am so looking forward to chatting with others in similar situations as I. My story is as follows: I've been dealing with neck pain for 13 years. Shame on me for just dealing with it. This year it turned into myelopathy, dropping things & unstable gait along with triggering spinal epilepsy. Needless to say surgery was in order. End of July I had fusion C3 to C6 with my own graft. Neck is doing well so far but everything else spiraled downhill. Since the surgery, I have herniated L5-S1. I have no idea how I did this. MRI supposedly, shows central/right herniation with degenerative issues at L4-L5. Sciatica symptoms, constant pain back of left hip, down left thigh, numbness & tingling in calf, shinn & big toe. I also have numbness in my left pereneal area & episodes of both bowel & urinary incontenence. Coincendently, I have had diarrhea with no pain or cramping)for 8 weeks & my GI doctor can't figure out why. I had a diagnostic spinal injection, last week, at the left of my L5-S1 with no pain relief yet. Supposed to go back to work on the 27th of this month (with a lifting requirement of 40 lbs.) and haven't even started PT for my neck, let alone my back. I would appreciate any insite from those who may have had a similar experience. Thanks!


  • Sorry to hear you're having lumbar issues after your c-spine surgery. What did the Neurologist say about the bladder/bowel incontinence? I hope the injections help your lumbar pain. Keep us posted how you're doing. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • welcome to SPINE HEALTH, are you seeing spinal ns or os for your new found lumbar problems, reason i ask is they would be the drs to see to talk with regarding if your medically cleared to go back to work at the end of the month, as you state you have a 40lb lifting requirement with your job, so im thinking your concerned about that as one aspect of what your dealing with. who referrred you to the GI for the bowel and urinary incontance? have you discussed this with your surgeon who did your cervical, if not i would let your ns/os no that your GI guy didnt come up with a diagnosis . the forums here are great and im sure others will come along to give your more input. also you will find some good peer reviewed articles written by drs, theres a search at top of page . i have long standing spinal severe lumbar and cervical probs , pm if you want
    sorry your going through this , it sure aint easy
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  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H so glad you stopped by! i am sorry your surgery was not a success. you must be very disappointed... please have a look around and make yourself at home.. good luck with your pain issues.. Jenny :)
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