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Paraspinal Lymphoma Recovery Outlook

Hello Everyone,

On February 3, I had a Thoracic Laminectomy @ T3 - T5 to remove a paraspinal lymphoma tumor. My symptoms were upper back pain, numbness in the legs and loss of bladder and bowel control. The surgery was quite successful as I now have bladder and bowel control and walk a mile a day.

I plan to give myself a year to determine if I have recovered or not. I do have some lingering issues like intermittent numbness in my legs (much smaller scale) and sometimes my legs just don't feel right. Also, I cannot run right now. I have tried a few bounds, but the mechanics just are not there.

My question is for others who have gone through this: how many make a full recovery? how many are as good or better than before the surgery? I fully intend to make a full recovery and chase my kids around the yard, but am I setting myself up for disappointment?

Thank you


  • The most important thing that you can do to assist your recovery is to follow the directions, and restrictions given to you post op......and participate in therapy to aid in the recovery. Since it sounds like there was some nerve involvement, it may take a while before those nerves recover, if they do, and while you wait, keep going doing what you are doing.......a positive attitude goes a long way when it comes to recovering from spine surgery.......
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