Posted By Charleen on April 22, 1999 at 09:18:26
I posted back around the beginning of the month regarding continued symptoms following 3 spinal operations. Back in Sept. of 98 I had a posterior L4/L5 fusion with a bone graft..no other instrumentation was used.
Around the 3rd month of my recovery and while I was still in my brace (tlso) I started having the all too familiar nerve pain in my legs and pain in my lower back. Since that time, I have not been able to continue on my walking regimen and my life has become rather slowed. I have quit my job, stopped driving and have filed for disability with SS.
I have had an ENG that clearly demonstrated L5 and possibly S1 nerve compression and demylination at the L5 location. Yesterday I saw another orthospinal surgeon who did flexion and extension x-rays. He said my fusion is solid, however he thinks I have nerve irritation. I asked how he could substantiate that with just x-rays. A MRI has been ordered. However, this doctor yesterday felt my leg and back weakness are the culprits of my nerve pain. I am not fully buying that. I just don't see how just weakness could cause all my nerve pain. I walk with a limp which had fully gone away until 3 months postop...I have a hard time standing up straight and my lordosis is so exagerated now it is not funny..again that was gone until 3 months postop. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you...charleen
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