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Leg Weakness After Untethering

gurmukhsodhiggurmukhsodhi Posts: 2
edited 06/24/2014 - 7:44 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Dear all, I am 25 years old. I had spina bifida for which i got operated when I am 2.5 months old. after that I have problems associated with bowel and bladder managements and weak legs. I recovered from this significantly to the age of 12 years. I was able to walk with some support like one hand crutch or wall or anything for keeping the balance and able to walk as much as 1km at a time. Now 1 year ago I have swelling in lower spine for which i got operated. The doctor also recommended that I need untethering also. So he done the untethering surgery in L3-4-5. From then, I have severe pain and weakness in the legs that am not able to walk even 8 steps with the help of walker. The doctor gives me CCM capsules ( For Calcium) and a medicine named Maxgalin ( brand name of Pregabalin) for initial three months. but nothing works what should be done now?. What may the problem be?
Beside, I am doing exercised like stationery bike, and some leg strengthening exercises like quads clenches, short arc, straight leg raise.knee marching, hamstring clenches, buttock kicks ( though this exercise cannot do properly for leg movement issue) and weight training to toning my upper body.


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,664

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Has your surgeon sent you to work with a physical therapist, who can guide you in the rehabbing? It may take some time to strengthen your muscles and legs to build up your endurance.
    Don't do any excercises that aren't cleared by the physical therapist or the surgeon, because you don't want to risk a good outcome from your surgery. How long ago did you have this surgery?
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  • Sandi, The surgery was done one year ago.
  • Recovery can continue for two years or more, depending on the damage and the rate at which peripheral nerves recover...which is only 1-2 mm per month.......while a year seems like a long time, things can continue to improve for some time yet......
    I would still encourage you to talk to your surgeon about ongoing rehab treatment with a specially trained physical therapist, who can assist you in specific strengthening excercises and guide your recovery.
    I know that waiting is hard, and wondering what the outcome will be, it was for me too, but for now, all you can do is work as hard as you can toward recovery.
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