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Doctor thinks back surgey is urgent

mstikesmmstikes Posts: 23
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:59 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have had back pain many years but this summer in August it started getting alot worse. For the past 6 months I've had pain sitting down and walking fron the left lower back to the ankle. I have rested for months not working and not doing anyhing physical except swimming.

I did an MRI and it showed small budges on 4 discs ans a L4/L5 hernia.
I saw my doctor and she performed a few leg resistance test. She was shocked how weak my leg was. Standing up I wasn't able to raise my left leg more than about 10 degrees and sitting down I couldn't get it up more than a few inches off the floor with her hand on my thigh as resistance. I wasn't able to walk on my toes either.

She says that this kind of weakness doesn't heal with regular physiotherapy and requires surgery. I tend to think the same because my situation hasn't improved in 6 months.

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  • Why does she say it is urgent? I am curious what concerns she has if you wait another month to do research and get another opinion,

    I know each doctor is different and urgent is subjective.

    What are you thinking? What time of surgery?
    It is a personal decision but let us know if you have questions about he decision in front of you.
  • Does your doc think it's an emergency? If it's not and you can get a second opinion, I would recommend it. Second opinions are very important in the face of back surgery and most docs can get you in pretty quickly. Good luck
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  • Get a second and even a third opinion is impotant. It may be urgent, but surely you have time for another opinion. This is your body and health. I can say from experience, don't do what I did. I got one opinion from a very well known OS and gave him the go ahead. let us know Kevin
  • I only ask why your doctor thinks urgent because I was considered an urgent case and still had time to get a couple of opinions. I was urgent because I ruptured a disc and lost feeling nearly instantly in most of my leg but they said I was urgent because I lost feeling in my groin so they were worried about bladder and bowel nerves.

    What if you don't opt for surgery? Can they try injections or steroids?
  • DNice said:
    I only ask why your doctor thinks urgent because I was considered an urgent case and still had time to get a couple of opinions. I was urgent because I ruptured a disc and lost feeling nearly instantly in most of my leg but they said I was urgent because I lost feeling in my groin so they were worried about bladder and bowel nerves.

    What if you don't opt for surgery? Can they try injections or steroids?
    Thanks for your replies.
    I've been dealing with this for months and I did injections in December with no effect. She urgently refered my to a specialist. I think she was worried whe she saw I couldn't raise my left leg foward and I've also bean having bowel problems.
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  • mickkrmmickkr Posts: 166
    edited 08/28/2012 - 10:09 AM
    leg weakness is one of the indicators of cord impingement or damage.
    that's why it rings alarm bells.
    https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/lower-back-pain/when-back-pain-may-be-a-medical-emergency


    mick
    I'm not young enough to know everything - Oscar Wilde
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,434
    From the reports from your MRI you indicated small bulges, which generally is something never to get alarmed about.

    Nerve impingement can make the situation more to be concerned about.

    Since your doctor indicated that surgery is urgent, when has she suggested to schedule the surgery?

    Also, any time surgery is being considered you owe it to yourself (and perhaps a requirement from your insurance company) to get a second opinion.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 


  • If you are having bowel problems, that could be why your doctor says that surgery is urgent. Leg weakness is always considered more serious than pain or numbness. If bowel or bladder problems are left, there is a danger that they will become permanent.

    Is it possible to get an urgent second opinion?

  • jellyhall said:


    If you are having bowel problems, that could be why your doctor says that surgery is urgent. Leg weakness is always considered more serious than pain or numbness. If bowel or bladder problems are left, there is a danger that they will become permanent.

    Is it possible to get an urgent second opinion?

    I read about the leg weakness ''Clauda Equina'' syndrome and I see why my doctor was so worried when she noticed how weak my left leg was and requested that I meet a specialist as soon as I can.

    She's generalist so she's can't directly require a surgery so she has refered me to a back surgeon that I'm supposed to meet in the next 2 weeks and if he'll have the last word on wether I need surgery or not.
  • Makes sense that she is worried.
    It sounds like she sent you to a specialist.
    Do yourself a favor and look for another specialist in a different practice to get a 2nd opinion 'scheduled'.

    I say this because you have to be comfortable with the surgeon and the opinion.

    I got my first opinion from the Surgeon the ER recommended. My 2nd from the surgeon my General Practioner recommended. Luckily my 2nd squeezed me in based on my GP's name.

    Is the specialist and Orthopedic Spine Doctor or Neurosurgeon? Just curious.

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