...the club I'm sure no one really wants to belong to, be is glad there is such a place to come.
My name is Debbie, I'm a 56 y/o female from NE Ohio. My pain began in June 2014, I get sharp radiating, shooting pains down the back of my legs. I have difficulty standing & sleeping as I can't stay in one position very long. I was diagnosed by having an MRI this fall, right before our daughter's wedding. Three weeks later, after pulling many strings I had an appointment with a Ortho. Surgeon. My husband ended up having unexpected open heart surgery 3 days before my appt. I ended up going to the appt by myself & hearing the also unexpected news that I needed surgery. There was no way we could both not be driving and laid up at the same time so I put things off.
The more I talked to people the more a Neuro Surgeon opinion was suggested. I'm not new to that field, I've been fighting a benign brain tumor called a "meningioma" since '99 & have had surgery, Gamma Knife Radiation, 30 sessions of IMRT radiation, a second surgery & a second Gamma Knife over 15 years. It appears we may have finally stabilized that 16 years later and now this comes along.... I've decided I will go with a Spinal NS at where I've received my other treatments.
We've also had plans since last March to go on a yearly vacation to southern Mexico in February, so scheduling surgery was put off again. Now the pain is really getting to me, so I've scheduled surgery for a couple weeks after we get home on March 18th.
I found out what I will be having is a laminectomy, resection of synovial cyst, decompression & instrumented fusion. The 4th & 5th lumbar vertebrae will be fused. When he does the laminectomy (removing part of the back of the vertebra to decompress and get to the cyst) he will use that piece of the bone to make a graft.
I will be meeting with my NS to go over specifics during my pre-op appointments. I've gained quite a bit of knowledge from all of you already, looking forward to learning more.
Surgery 3/18/15 for Synovial Cyst L5 & Fusion