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I'm putting in questions and comments. I've posted in the past about L4L5 potential fusion surgery. I also have issues in the cervical spine, osteophytes and various stenosis from C2 to 7. I'm trying to determine if the cervical issues could be the cause of abdominal discomfort, but my PCP and first neurosurgeon say that it would not likely cause that. I'm seeing a gastric surgeon that did laparoscopic gallbladder surgery a year ago, on Tuesday. I'll ask him if he thinks there is a correlation, or if my abdominal discomfort could be abdominal adhesions. I'm putting off the L4L5 fusion until I find out about the abdominal issues. I've had two neurosurgeons review my MRI's, one says L4L5 fusion, the other says that fusion wouldn't help and that if I were his father he still would not recommend fusion. I'm getting a third opinion, in the works don't know when it will be.
Questions for upstatephil, janagain, and coachdavid: Any of you had any abdominal discomfort (cramping, sometimes pins/needles, sometimes feels like a strained ligament or muscle). Bowel is functioning fairly normal, but I'm not sure what "normal" is any more since before and after the gallbladder surgery. I just can't see a fusion surgery recovery time you all talk about given the abdominal issues I'm having.
I have a feeling that the cervical issues could be causing things, but trying to get an answer from any Dr. isn't easy.
From what I'm reading, the cervical surgery is a bit easier recovery than lumbar, but as others have said each person's journey is unique. Try to get the best advice and answers that you can with a Dr that you trust in a facility you also trust.

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@kremer1 - Somewhere along the line I saw a great diagram of the spine, the nerves branching out, and a description of where those nerves went in the body. What I recall is nerves from the cervical area didn't have much to do with any aspect of gastro-function. More likely related to your L4-L5 issues?

These are questions for either a solid neurosurgeon or a physiatrist.

@kremer1 After reading about your gall bladder surgery, it seems possible that you may have related surgery scar tissue that is tight that may cause your abdominal symptoms. I learned from my physical therapist about myofascial release therapy which can stretch out overly tight fascia and allow tissues to move, and also restore the fluid circulation. Here is a discussion where you can learn more. It may be something to try before you have further surgery. If this helps, you would have an answer. I have done a lot of myofascial release and it has a lot of benefits.


There is a provider search at http://mfrtherapists.com/